Good oral hygiene is vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Bacteria in the mouth cause plaque, which sticks to the teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. The best way to keep your mouth healthy is by practicing good oral hygiene.
Teeth should be brushed twice per day – once in the morning and again before going to bed at night. Only use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste when brushing teeth. Plaque can build up very quickly in as little as two to three hours, so be sure to clean right after eating or drinking anything besides water. Try using a timer to make sure you are brushing for at least two minutes each time you brush.
Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between the teeth, which a toothbrush cannot reach. If you floss regularly and follow proper techniques, you can prevent and reverse the development of gum disease as well as cavities. In addition to brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing once a day is essential for maintaining good oral health and well-being and preventing bad breath. For best results, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. This can help prevent the formation of harmful oral bacteria and help keep your breath smelling fresh.
Your tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria. If you don’t give it the cleaning attention it needs, it can contribute to bad breath and put you at risk for gum disease.
It’s fine to brush your tongue with your toothbrush – just be sure to give the back of your tongue some love too! If using a toothbrush on your tongue feels awkward, try investing in a tongue scraper instead.
Don’t forget to gently brush your cheeks, gums, and palate as well! This helps remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas and contributes to fresh breath.
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after you’ve been ill. You should also buy a new electric toothbrush head every three months or when it starts to become worn. Worn bristles are less effective and won’t clean as thoroughly as a fresh toothbrush.
To learn more about our oral care tips, schedule an appointment today at J. Russell Danner, DDS in Oklahoma City, by calling 405-749-1676.