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Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

Bacteria can live in the mouth in the form of plaque. Plaque causes cavities and gingivitis that leads to gum disease. To avoid these dental problems, good dental care that starts with clean teeth should be practiced.

 

BRUSH FOR ORAL HEALTH


• Brush your teeth for 2 minutes 2 times per day or preferably every after meals for interception and prevention of caries


• Use fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush


• Always rinse toothbrush with water after brushing. Store toothbrush in an upright position and allow to air-dry until using again. Don’t cover or store toothbrush in closed container, which can encourage bacteria growth.


• Replace toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or sooner if bristles become frayed.


• Practice proper brushing techniques

Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

 

FLOSSING FOR ORAL HEALTH

Flossing is important since toothbrush bristles cannot reach the tight spaces between the teeth.

Flossing before brushing might allow more fluoride from the toothpaste to reach between teeth.



• In addition to daily brushing and flossing, consider using an anti-microbial or fluoride mouth rinse.


• Avoid toothpicks or other sharp objects that could injure the gums.


• Eat a well-balanced diet.


• Quit smoking. Smoking increase risk for gum disease


• See your dentist regularly


Disclaimer:
Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

 References:

http://www.ada.org/en/Home-MouthHealthy/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20045536?pg=2
Image: http://www.eschooltoday.com/tooth-care-for-children/brushing-and-flossing-your-teeth.html

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