Tooth decay and gum problems are caused by plaque, a sticky combination of bacteria and food. Plaque begins to form up on teeth within a few minutes after eating. If teeth are not cleaned well each day, plaque will lead to tooth decay or gum problems. Keep good oral health is essential to maintaining good overall health. The goal of proper Dental hygiene is to remove or prevent formation and growth of plaque and tartar, to prevent dental caries and periodontal problems, and to decrease the incidence of halitosis. By taking good care of your teeth and gums, you can help prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. You should also train your children how to brush and floss from an early age to help them protect their teeth.
How Should I Care for My Teeth and Gums?
Tips for Brushing Your Teeth and Gums
The most important dental care tips is, Brush teeth and gums at least twice a day. If you can, brush 30 minutes to 1 hour after meals.
- Place a fluoride paste on the head of the toothbrush and use soft toothbrush.
- Place the brush against the teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.
- Move the toothbrush across the teeth using a small circular motion. Continue with this circular motion cleaning one tooth at a time. Avoid pressing forceful that the bristles lie flat against the teeth
- Toothbrush across the top of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Make sure the bristles get into the groves and crack.
- Brushing from the back of your tongue forward. Do not scrub. This can helps remove bacteria and freshens your breath.
- After brushing your teeth for three to four minutes, rinse your mouth with a mouthwash.
Tips for Flossing Your Teeth
Floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing gets clear of food particles and plaque between the teeth, where your brush cannot reach.
- Remove an 18-inch strip of floss from the dispenser.
- Wind the floss around the central fingers of each hand, leaving a 1-inch part open for flossing. Floss the top portion of teeth first, then the bottom.
- Point the floss in your mouth and use your index fingers to push the floss between the teeth. Be careful not to push too hard and hurt the gums.
- Use a clean section of floss as needed and take up used floss by winding it throughout the fingers.