How to maintain a great oral hygiene for a healthy smile
26th May 2023
We often neglect the need for a great oral hygiene and this affects the way we smile to others. There are countless proven scientific facts about the benefits of smiling and in this article, we are covering some of the tips on how you can achieve a healthy looking smile.
EFFECTIVE BRUSHING TECHNIQUES
Image above shows how to brush your teeth properly
There are predominantly 3 brushing methods. Method number one is the Stillman's Brushing Method. To perform this method, angle the bristles at 45 degrees toward the gum line. The bristles should be half on the gums and half on the tooth’s surface. By making short, light horizontal movements, the plaque is removed from above the gum line. The motion helps to remove plaque and stimulate the gums, and is great for targeting small groups of teeth effectively. Once you have finished with a set of teeth, move to the next and repeat Method number two is the Bass Brushing Method. To perform this, hold bristles at 45 degree angle towards gum line. Slight pressure and vibratory motions will make sure the bristles go slightly beneath the gum line, which maximizes the extraction and removal of bacteria. Once again, only small groups of teeth can be done at any one time. And lastly is one of the easiest brushing technique, the circular brushing method. With the bristles held at a 45 degree angle toward the gum line, make small, light circular shaped brush strokes that overlap each tooth surface. Maintain this until all teeth have been cleaned.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOTHPASE
There are all kinds of toothpaste out there with various claims, but for the best protection, find a toothpaste with at least 1,000 parts per million fluoride. Everything else is a matter of personal preference. For any toothpaste, including toothpaste for sensitivity, you reap the benefits by not rinsing after brushing because it will allow the ingredients to be fully absorbed into your teeth and gums. Yet, people usually want to rinse. In addition, sensitive toothpaste typically doesn't taste as good as the regular toothpastes.
FLOSSING & INTERDENTAL CLEANING
Flossing is an important oral hygiene habit. It cleans and dislodges food stuck between your teeth, which reduces the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on teeth and contributes to cavities and gum disease. Although many people brush their teeth daily, not everyone flosses their teeth as regularly as they brush. Flossing helps lift and release food and plaque stuck in between your teeth, while brushing removes these particles from your mouth. If you brush first and floss afterward, food and plaque remains in your mouth until the next time you brush. Knowing the right time to floss also contributes to good oral health. Some people have a routine of brushing their teeth first and then flossing. However, it's generally recommended to floss and then brush your teeth.
TACKLE COMMON DENTAL PROBLEMS & PREVENTION
Maintaining your oral health is extremely important; good dental hygiene ensures our long-term health and well-being. Common dental problems such as bad breath, gum disease, cavities, and tooth sensitivity can be solved and prevented with the correct knowledge. Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a common condition which can be embarrassing and have a negative effect on your self-esteem and confidence. Bad breath can be caused by many common dental problems, from gum disease and cavities to oral cancer, dry mouth and bacteria on the tongue. There are several remedies you can try to freshen bad breath such as brushing your teeth and tongue after you eat, flossing at least once a day, avoiding dry mouth by drinking adequate amount of water, avoiding foods such as garlic and onions, changing your toothbrush regularly, and visiting your dentist twice a year. As for gum diseases, there are two major stages, namely gingivitis and periodontitis. While gum disease often doesn't elicit any pain and can go undetected for long periods, if you're experiencing bleeding gums or halitosis, this may be an indication that it's present. Good oral hygiene practices and early detection are both key to this common dental problem. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly are all important elements in the prevention of gum disease. Cavities or tooth decay is a very common dental problem which is both preventable and treatable. Tooth decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, mixes with the sugars and/or starches of the food we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and going to your regular dental checkups. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay. Lastly, tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that affects millions of people. Symptoms include pain or discomfort when your teeth are exposed to sweets, cold air, cold drinks, hot drinks or ice cream. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated using sensitive toothpastes and fluoride varnishes. A regular dental check-up will also ensure the source of the sensitivity is correctly diagnosed. Remember, moderation is key. Doing this will have a positive impact on your physical and dental health! Always remember to seek out your dentist should you come across an emergency involving your teeth. We at Q & M stand ready with our trained professionals to solve all your dental problems. Lastly, maintain an open communication with your trusted dentist and overcome your fear for a dental checkup!
Disclaimer : All information provided is based on best practices and knowledge. There is no guarantee in any of the statement as provided.