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A guide to good oral hygiene

Written by Admin |Updated : February 5, 2015 4:22 PM IST

You follow a good oral hygiene routine when your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy and protected from all kind of diseases and bacteria. Brushing your teeth is only a part of Good oral hygiene; there are many things that you should keep in mind for Good oral hygiene.

Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. Colgate ensures good oral hygiene for your family by educating you about Oral hygiene.

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A mouth that feels healthy may or may not be really healthy. To know if you have good oral hygiene check for these signs. If your teeth are clean and free of debris, Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss and Bad breath is not a constant problem

Your dentist or hygienist can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.

Consequences of Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene invites plaque to accumulate around the base of your teeth and gum line, causing your gums to become red and inflamed.

If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of empty spaces around your teeth. These spaces could eventually lead to the destruction of bone and other fragile tissues supporting your teeth, and you could lose your teeth. According to a study poor oral hygiene and uncontrolled gum disease may also exacerbate diabetes and worsen blood sugar levels.This is an open invitation to some severe oral problems that will cost you your money and health.

The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care and getting regular dental checkups can prevent plaque from forming and even reverse early gum disease. 'A plaque-free mouth is a healthy mouth' .Along with regular dental checkups proper brushing and flossing are few of the effective ways of preventing plaque buildup."

How is Good Oral Hygiene Practiced?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your 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 painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

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. These include:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
  • Brush for two to three minutes to ensure all your teeth are adequately cleaned.
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
  • Brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you reach the areas between the teeth and gum line
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Making sure that your children less than 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.

Most of us however do not recognize how important these things are for our overall health and think of them only as a way to keep our teeth clean and our breath smelling good. And end up getting severe gum diseases. We believe that prevention is better than cure.So, maintain good oral hygiene to keep your smile healthy.

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