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Tips And Tricks To Maintain Oral Hygiene In Adults

Monday, November 17, 2014
By Dr. Varsha Daryanani

A better and more confident you will come alive every morning and end every evening if you stick with a consistent oral hygiene routine. Many adults experience significant dental problems that can be prevented through basic oral hygiene practices, like regular dentist appointments which should be taken atleast twice a year.

Daily cleaning of your teeth, gums, and tongue, combined with annual check-ups helps take care of harmful bacteria and microbes that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and  oral  infections.   If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could lead to the development of empty spaces around your teeth.  If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, you could lose your teeth.   It is very important to eat right and drink a lot of water.  By avoiding sticky foods, it will help to keep your teeth germ free.

Proper oral hygiene is also important in helping you stay healthy, especially if you have risk factors such as diabetes and heart problems.  Plus, oral hygiene elevates your sense of self-esteem.  You’ll feel good, look great, avoid unnecessary bills, and experience an improvement in many of your                day-to-day social interactions.  Maintaining proper oral hygiene will also ensure that you won’t experience embarrassing conditions, such as plaque, tartar, and bad breath.

To maintain optimal oral health, adults should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day preferably  before going to bed.    Flossing is also an essential part of an adult’s daily oral hygiene regimen.  Regular brushing and flossing can prevent unpleasant conditions, such as plaque and bad odor.

At Crown Corner, we believe that Oral health begins with clean teeth.

Dr. Varsha Daryanani suggests a few tips that every individual should diligently follow:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • When you brush, don’t rush.  Take enough time to do a thorough job.  It is very important to use the proper equipment.  Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably.
  • Practice good technique.
  • Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle – aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum.  Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions.  Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.
  • Keep your equipment clean.  Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing.  Store your toothbrush in an upright position, if possible, and allow it to air-dry until using it again.

Know when to replace your toothbrush.

  • Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months – or sooner if the bristles become frayed.  Replace your brush or brush attachment every three months.
  • It is also important to remember to never share your toothbrush, as this can spread infections.  For most adults, a toothbrush with a small head and a compact, angled arrangement of long and short, round-end bristles is fine.  Medium or soft bristles are best for most people.  Use an electric brush with an oscillating or rotating head.  If in doubt, ask your dentist.
  • You can’t reach the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gumline with a Toothbrush.

That’s why daily flossing it is important.

When you floss:
Don’t skimp. Break off about 18 inches (46 centimetres) of dental floss.  Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand. Grip the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.  Be gentle.  Guide the floss between your teeth using a rubbing motion.  Don’t snap the floss into your gums.  When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it against one tooth.  Take it one tooth at a time.  Slide the floss into the space between your gum and tooth.  Use the floss to gently rub the side of the tooth in an up-and-down motion.  Unwind fresh floss as you progress to the rest of your teeth.

As long as you do a thorough job, it doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first.  However, flossing before brushing might allow more fluoride from your toothpaste to reach between your teeth.

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