oral hygieneThe maintenance of good oral health excels through the perfect partnership between the patient and his dentist. The work that the dentist and his team carries out in the dental office merely supports the patient’s own efforts to maintain his health. In other words, whatever practices you maintain on a daily basis will determine the type of hygiene condition you have. If you are smart enough to observe diligent hygiene practices, you will reap good results; however, if you fail with your attempts to maintain good oral hygiene, your health will suffer.

Brushing Your Teeth

When you brush your teeth regularly, you effectively remove plaque that accumulates in the mouth, and rid the mouth of disease causing bacteria. You brush your teeth after every meal, to remove food particles that bacteria feeds off. You use a toothbrush that has soft to medium bristles, so that it does not abrade the teeth but it does a good job of cleaning the teeth. With a steady grip, hold your toothbrush to your mouth in a 45-degree angle, facing the sulcus (the space between the teeth and the gums). Scrub the teeth, using small circular strokes that will massage teeth surface instead of hurting it.

There are different types of toothpastes that you can use. Every brand and type of toothpaste comes with components that will bring all kinds of benefits to the patients. Some have ingredients that will resolve gum tissues. Some have ingredients that address teeth sensitivity. It is important that you choose a toothpaste that best addresses your current oral state.

Flossing in Between Teeth

Although thorough and regular brushing provides a healthy environment for every patient, it is never enough. The bristles are not able to penetrate into tight areas, so regular flossing will help do a better job. Flossing effectively cleans in between teeth and hard to reach areas of the mouth (at the posterior area of the mouth). It does not really matter if you use a waxed or an unwaxed floss; what matters is that you are able to pass the floss through the embrasures, well enough to clean the mouth and remove trapped food particles.

When you floss, you take about 12-inches of the “string” on your hands. Coil one end on one finger and hold the other end so that you can direct it through the proximal areas of your teeth and prevent disease from developing.

Rinsing Your Mouth

Apart from brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth with an appropriately medicated mouthwash should clean your mouth and create a healthy environment. Some mouth rinses are medicated so that patients can take advantage of healthy components in the mouthwash. Rinsing does not only freshen breath, although many think it is so. Rinsing with a medicated mouthwash can promote good gum condition, by healing diseased tissues, altering mouth pH levels and so forth. Rinsing your mouth regularly supports all your other attempts to maintain good oral health. You rinse your mouth every after you brush, making sure to stay away from high-alcohol rinses that dries the tissues out and even causes disease.