Basic Oral Hygiene

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

One of the most important parts of your oral hygiene routines is that of brushing your teeth. In order to keep your mouth healthy, you should use a soft bristled brush designed to fit your mouth for brushing two times daily. The toothbrush needs to be replaced when bristles become frayed or at least once every 3-4 months. Use a fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA.

It is also important to use proper technique when brushing the teeth. Angle the brush at approximately 45 degrees to the gums and move it in short strokes in a back and forth motion. Be sure to brush all the exposed surfaces of the teeth, including the inside of the front teeth. Do not forget the tongue as brushing removes bacteria to keep the breath fresh.

Flossing helps to remove bacteria that the toothbrush is unable to reach. It also helps to reduce plaque and food particles from the gum line as well as between teeth.

Regular checkups with your dentist help to catch problems early and prevent them from causing serious conditions with the teeth. Dr. Walters family dentistry in Hilliard and Upper Arlington, Ohio can recommend the oral care products that are effective in keeping your teeth in top shape.

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