What is the goal of oral hygiene?
The goal of having good oral hygiene is to prevent and eliminate any type of oral biofilm accumulation. Dr Anna, a dentist in Sans Souci, highlights the importance of annual check ups and good dental habits. This way, we can avoid all kinds of threats and harmful effects on teeth and gums. In the description below, you’ll find what the best tips and the main guidelines are, that must be followed to achieve optimal dental care:
- Clean your teeth daily, at least 3 times a day and for at least two minutes.
- Choose a suitable toothbrush. Taking into account that the size of the head should not be very large and that the brush tips are medium and/or soft.
- Use flosses or dental tapes or, if the spaces between teeth are somewhat wide, use interproximal brushes to clean those spaces between them (called interproximal spaces).
- Change the toothbrush for a brand new one approximately every 3 months.
- Use products for disclosing bacterial plate. These products make the oral biofilm more visible and, therefore, they facilitate brushing it away.
- Don’t forget the tongue. It’s necessary to perform a lingual cleaning by making a back and forth movement with the toothbrush. Perform a natural movement that goes from the back to the front of the tongue to drag the remains of food, scaly cells, mucus, bacteria, etc.
- Use oral irrigators to eliminate bacteria deposited on teeth, gums and other places of difficult access.
- Make mouthwashes (either daily or “specific use” according to the needs of each individual), to effectively reduce the oral biofilm and provide maximum freshness avoiding breath problems also at the same time.
- Control the consumption of sugary foods. Ideally, avoid eating them but, if consumed, it’s important to brush your teeth as soon as possible.
- Regularly schedule a dentist appointment for a mouth check, and also to get a professional cleaning. This should be done at least once or twice a year.