7 Dental Hygiene Tips for a Healthier Mouth

June 24, 2019, Langley Dental Practice

Brushing twice a day does not always guarantee a clean mouth. If anything, you could be getting it all wrong. It sometimes goes down to the brushing techniques used.

 Understanding the right way to brush your teeth, and the right tools to use could be the only thing standing between you and tip-top oral hygiene.


Consider the following oral hygiene pointers to help you achieve a better dental care routine:

I. Pick the Right Brush

According to the International Dental Health Organization, most adults require a small sized to the medium toothbrush. Lane DDS Cary, NC advises that you should ensure that you buy a brush whose head and bristles are small enough to reach the crevices of your molar where food debris often remains. A larger brush would definitely not be as effective.

II. Floss Properly

Unless done the right way, the poor flossing technique could just be a waste of your time.  Use an 18 inches long piece of floss to ensure that you use a fresh area of floss every few teeth without reinserting bacteria where you just removed .also, the floss should rub against the teeth in a backward-forward motion to wrap the floss around each tooth.

III. Use a Mouth Wash

A mouthwash can go to every corner of the mouth to rid of food debris.  Food debris is the real culprit to gum line irritation, whose outcome is gingivitis. Consider adding a mouthwash to your dental care routine to get the most out the regimen.

IV. Brush your Tongue

The mistake some do is to assume that oral hygiene is all about the teeth. Well, it is not. Your tongue determines the freshness of your mouth as well. Always ensure that you scrap or brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Not only will it eject bacteria, but it will significantly give you a fresh breath.

V. Change your Toothbrush

Bristles deteriorate will usage and time, hence using the same brush beyond a few months could only lead to futile oral hygiene attempts. Ensure that you change your brush every three to four months- or at every dental checkup.

VI. Brush Enough

Brushing regularly and brushing enough are two different things. You could be brushing twice to thrice a day, but the time taken at the sink is just not enough.  Make sure that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day.

VII. Clean your Toothbrush

Cleaning your brush is not rocket science. In fact, you do not need any equipment to clean it. Simply rinse the brush after every use and allow it to air dry. Refrain from covering your brush as this can breed bacteria, which are then introduced into your mouth.

Oral health is crucial for overall body health. Ensure that you follow these oral hygiene tips to keep your mouth cavity and odor free. 


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