Mastering Oral Hygiene: 5 Essential Daily Practices

Woman Wearing Red Tank Top Holding White Ceramic Mug A healthy smile is a focal point of anyone’s face. It’s the first thing people will notice. This article is about mastering oral health.

A healthy smile is a focal point of anyone’s face. It’s the first thing that a lot of people will notice about you.

A while back, a dental office made a marketing campaign where they showed people with six fingers, one eyebrow missing, and similar interesting details. The thing is that most of the people never noticed because the person in the photo was also missing a tooth. This is how important your dental health is, and you can’t have it without mastering the art of oral hygiene first. 

With that in mind, here are the five essential daily practices you’ll have to improve. 

1. Proper brushing technique

The first thing you need to do is learn how to brush your teeth the right way. Everyone knows that brushing is important but they don’t know that brushing improperly only gives a limited effect. The right technique is all.

One thing that a lot of people get wrong is failing to clean the space between their teeth and their gums. Here, you need to place the brush at a 45-degree angle and gently move up or down (depending on whether you’re cleaning the top or bottom teeth).

Next, brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces. Lastly, don’t forget to clean the inside surfaces of your teeth. You need to cover absolutely everything, and this takes dedication. 

The problem is that the majority of people brush in the morning and in the evening. The first takes place while you’re still trying to fully wake up, and during the latter, you’re usually so tired. Both times, you have a good excuse to rush things. 

2. Flossing

Flossing is the only way to get all the leftover food from spaces between your teeth. It’s a simple technique but it takes quite a bit of time and a lot of people are just rushing through their oral hygiene routine. This lack of patience may come to cost you dearly.

This way, you’ll get rid of the plaque, reduce the risk of cavities, prevent gum disease, and reduce bad breath. If you don’t believe us on the last part, try sniffing the floss once you’re done and remember that that was in your mouth.

Naturally, you want to floss before brushing, otherwise, you’ll smear all that you dig out with the floss over your clean teeth and have to start brushing again, for maximum effect. Why not just save yourself some time and effort and do it in a proper (efficient) order.

3. Using mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for taking care of all the bacteria that you wouldn’t normally be able to reach with a toothbrush or even a floss. The thing is that liquid gets everywhere. It penetrates each section of your oral cavity and helps disinfect it.

Now, some argue against the use of mouthwash under the pretense that it kills good bacteria, as well. The truth is that, as long as you do it right, don’t do it several times per day, and pick the right type of mouthwash, you’ll do just fine. 

You could even get a dispenser for mouthwash. This way, you’ll always get the right dosage and keep your dispenser in more hygienic conditions. This is quite simple, and it will make buying larger quantities of mouthwash on sale an even better idea. This way, you’re just refilling the dispenser. 

This is one of the best ways to keep your mouth clean and your breath fresh, as well as to incorporate something really effective into your routine.

4. Scheduling oral hygiene routine

Knowing how to brush your teeth is a great starting point, but if you don’t brush regularly, it really won’t matter much. You see, it takes only about 20 hours for the plaque to form on your teeth. Ignore it for a while, and your teeth will be covered with tartar.

Ideally, you would brush your teeth each morning after you wake up and each night before you go to bed. You would also do it after each meal. At the very least, you should rinse. Even without brushing, it’s better than nothing. 

Another thing you need to understand is the importance of keeping your oral hygiene high in scenarios where you’re away from home. You’re likely to take a few coffees at work, grab a snack, etc. Having an “away” kit is always a great idea.

Take an extra toothbrush some dental floss, and even add a small bottle of mouthwash with you. This way, you can just run to the bathroom really quickly and sort this out.  

5. Improving your diet

One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to avoid inflammatory food, sugar-rich food, and soft drinks. Sure, alcohol and tobacco are bad for your teeth, but this is something that everyone is aware of. The impact of diet, although often talked about, just flies under the radar for a lot of people. 

The problem is that food takes a while to do its damage, which is why, if you just brush, floss, and disinfect with a mouthwash, there’s no harm done. Sometimes, even rinsing will help, but there are a lot of places that food can hide.

However, this is time-sensitive. Sticky candies, starchy food, carbonated soft drinks, and substances will be so hard to remove. This is what makes these foods extra bad for your oral hygiene, not their composition or anything like that. 

It’s also important that you’re conscious about where you are and how realistic your odds are at brushing in the next couple of hours. Snacking at home and snacking at work are not the same. A nice dessert at a home BBQ party is completely different than snacking when you know that you won’t have access to your toothbrush for the next 12 hours. 

Wrap up

Ultimately, oral hygiene is a serious matter and it needs to be taken seriously. You need to brush regularly and do this the right way. The same goes for flossing. Rinse on every opportunity and, when available, use mouthwash to do so. Improve your diet and make sure that you do everything on a regular basis. Having a schedule is always a good idea.

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