Maintaining optimum oral hygiene is important because it can prevent the onset of several other diseases of the mouth. Researchers have now found out that a lack of oral hygiene leads to several diseases including cancer, diabetes etc. Hence dentists and doctors at Oral Sedation Dentistry stress the need for the importance of oral hygiene. Some of the tips for maintaining optimum oral hygiene are
Brushing technique – Brushing technique plays a vital role in maintaining good oral hygiene. Brushing haphazardly may not clean the tooth after all. One should hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and brush the teeth with small back and forth strokes. After this a person should hold the brush vertically and brush the backs of the front anterior teeth to prevent plaque build up. Also you should brush for two minutes. It should not be mo0re or less than this time. You can set alarms or listen to your favourite music to help gauge this time for a few initial days
There are many brands and types of tooth brushes in the market these days. But people should take care to choose a brush with a small head and bristles so that it can reach even the farthest corners of the mouth, into the crevices of molars , where food particles usually get trapped. After the process is complete you have to wash the brush by rinsing it slowly and allow it to dry in the air. You should not keep it covered as covering it will cause bacteria to grow. Also you should never share tooth brushes with anyone.
You should purchase a new tooth brush once in every three to four months and discard the old brush. Use a tongue scraper after brushing to remove any traces of bacteria that stay in the mouth after brushing the teeth. By keeping these tips in mind, you can get optimum oral hygiene.