Practical advice and tips for better oral health
What is good Oral Hygeine?
Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy.
If your gums hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, you should make an appointment with us as these conditions may indicate a problem.
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How Is Good Oral Hygiene Practiced?
Good oral hygiene is important for healthy teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painfu or costly than treating established dental problems.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.
Here are some tips for good oral hygeine
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job. Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.
- Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.
- Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric toothbrush every three to four months – or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
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For further information on better oral health, visit – British Dental Health Foundation
or speak to your dentist.