Top tips on how to improve your oral hygiene.

Maintaining optimal oral hygiene can be tasking at times. It usually requires constant visits to the dentist and paying attention to our lifestyle, all of which can be stressful. But the reward of good oral hygiene is enough to motivate us to try. Here are some tips on how you can improve your oral hygiene.

Brush your teeth correctly – the importance of brushing your teeth cannot be overemphasized; it is essential to great oral health. But it is not enough to brush; you also have to brush correctly. Clean all the hidden places in your mouth and learn how to hold and use the toothbrush correctly.

Brush at least two times daily –  It is essential to brush your teeth twice – in the morning and at night. Brushing at night is most important as this will help to remove all the germs, food remnants and plaque that has accumulated during the day.

Don’t brush immediately after food –  It is important to not brush immediately after eating or drinking anything acidic. These foods and drinks make the enamel soft and brushing then can remove the enamel, if this continues over time, your teeth become more vulnerable to decay.

Fluoridation – Use fluoride toothpaste when brushing too as it strengthens the enamel. You can also drink water treated with fluoride as this will help you a lot.

Use a brush with soft bristles – most people think a hard bristled brush and applying force to the teeth is how to best clean it. However, this is wrong as it causes damage to the gums and causes abrasions in the mouth.

Reduce acidic and sugary food and drinks – acidic foods and drinks cause the enamel to soften, and before you know it, your teeth will start decaying. The sugar in sugary foods is also converted to acid by the bacteria behind the dental plaque.

Floss daily – don’t think that brushing is enough, floss too, once every day. It helps to reduce plaque, stimulate gums, and reduce gum inflammation. So don’t be discouraged by how hard flossing can be at times, just do it.

Use protection for your teeth – when engaged in physical activities such as sport with a risk of injury, protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard at least.

Use your teeth for its purpose: the purpose of teeth is to chew food, not open bottles or crack a hard nut. When you use your teeth for its natural purpose, the risk of a fracture or chip is lower.

Use mouthwashes: mouthwash offer a significant improvement to oral health. They reduce acidic content in the mouth, clean the areas of the mouth that brush and floss find it challenging to reach, and restore minerals to the teeth. So add mouthwash to your oral care materials now.

Regular Check-up: don’t wait until your teeth develop problems before going to the dentist. Visit at least twice a year to check that your teeth are in excellent conditions.