Oral Hygiene
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Oral hygiene is defined as the practice or procedure of ensuring an individual’s mouth if free from diseases and related oral problems by keeping it clean. There are several oral problems due to poor oral hygiene thus this can be a health threat in individuals. Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is an essential part of promoting oral health.

Importance of oral hygiene

Taking good care of your mouth is essential for every individual. This keeps your teeth healthier and prevents them from decaying as you grow older. This ensures your teeth last longer without problems by being free from simple infections such as tooth loss and tooth decay to chronic mouth infections such as oral cancer and infections. Unhealthy mouth due to gum disease infections may also lead to chronic illness or serious health risks such as stroke, poorly controlled diabetes disease, preterm labour and heart attack conditions which may be very detrimental to your health.

To maintain proper hygiene, you have to take into consideration various techniques and procedures of cleaning of your mouth. You can be cleaning your mouth but without taking into consideration the cleaning techniques, procedures and other factors will still result in poor oral health. This is essential to consider since poor oral health is caused by different habits which might not be the sane hence need to employ different techniques. Before pursuing the tips, one has first to acquire the right tools meant for a certain purpose and use the right technique.

Proper brushing technique

Tooth brushing is the procedure of banishing or polishing off food left over particles between the teeth by use of a toothbrush. Perform the right technique by ensuring you brush teeth in all directions to remove all the debris. Moving your brush in short back and forth strokes at an angle of 45 degrees ensure you clean the sides and top of the teeth. Vertical brushing helps put more focus on the back and front of the teeth. This should be done more than twice a day for at least two minutes daily. This ensures you brush your teeth enough, regularly and by use of proper technique.

Pick the Right Brush

The usage of a toothbrush is limited in time since the bristles deteriorate within a certain time. So before purchasing toothbrushes consider its applicability since you may need a size that is able to reach into the periphery as well as into gaps between teeth. This ensures you remove all the food particle remains that might be hidden in the gaps. A small or middle-sized brush is well fit for this purpose but taking into consideration the size of your mouth. To avoid poor brushing due to use of bristle deteriorated brush ensures you acquire a new brush after every three months.

Floss properly

Proper flossing is also necessary to achieve the required results of oral hygiene. Ensure you reach between your teeth by use of floss that is up to 18 inches, the bigger length allows you to use a fresh part of the floss every time you insert such that you do not reinsert the removed bacteria or debris. This should be done in a forward and backward motion while you create a c shape of the floss; this facilitates wrapping of the floss around each tooth. Avoid being over aggressive with the floss since it may cause bleeding of your gums, use a gentle motion when taking the flossing between your teeth.

Use mouthwash

Mouthwash is essential for removing debris that irritates the gum line since you cannot use a toothbrush or a floss on the gums. This helps a great deal in preventing gingivitis which a problem associated with the gums. The mouth wash helps give a thorough oral care especially when using the right product. The type of mouthwash you choose should meet strict manufacturing regulations to enhance effective oral cleaning. To ensure you make the right choice check for the ADA seal which confirms that it has met with the manufacturing regulations for effective cleaning. Different mouthwashes are suitable for different ages also depending on the food.

Don’t forget your tongue

Scrapping your tongue is also an important routine since a number of oral bacteria reside on the tongue especially as the sugary remains get stuck. After brushing and flossing your teeth, bacteria can still be residing on the tongue so it is necessary to scrap it as part of your oral cleaning. Some toothbrushes are sold with scrappers attached to them at the back and hence a good brush to buy. The scrapping should be done regularly just like you brush your teeth, a minimum of two times a day.

Oral cleaning is not only important in ensuring you stay free from oral infections but also freshening of your breathe. This enhances your confidence when conversing as you do not fear the situation of your mouth stinking or showing out food particle remains.

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Author's Bio: 

Lois Marten is a Greek Uk author, Freelance Writer. She writes for high authority websites and blogs.