What does good oral care look like?
Learn the basic steps to achieve good oral hygiene
So everyone has heard that good oral care is important, right? I guess it is almost common sense that we should try to take care of our teeth. But what does good oral care really look like? It’s been a while since my mom made me brush my teeth at night. And most times I’d just wet the toothbrush to act like I did it.
Regardless of your dental upbringing, understanding proper oral care can be huge, and save you thousands of dollars on dental bills in the future. So let’s take a look at an average picture of what good oral care looks like.
Brush your teeth… daily
If you’re playing Family Feud, and the topic of oral care comes up, then brushing your teeth will probably be at the top of the list… or at least the survey says. Brushing your teeth is definitely an important piece of good daily hygiene and oral care.
Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. For most people that means brushing in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after dinner. The details such as the type of toothbrush, brushing motion, or duration are less of a priority. Do what works best for you. The most important thing is that you are brushing your teeth and removing most of the food and debris from your mouth after eating.
It’s the food that gets stuck in the pits of our teeth, and the film that forms around our mouth that can cause oral issues. So brushing is definitely on our list of steps for good oral care.
Floss your teeth every day
Flossing is like the red headed step child of oral care. It’s not as glamorous as tooth brushing, but it’s much more important than you may think.
Flossing helps remove the food debris and particles that can get stuck between your teeth and around the gum line. If these food particles are allowed to remain, then they’ll break down over time and cause many oral problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and tooth decay.
If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day, then be sure to floss at least once a day, preferably in the evening. This way you can be sure to get any junk out from between your teeth before bedtime. That’s 2 down and one more to go.
Rinse with mouthwash to keep your mouth clean
Now let’s complete the oral care trifecta with mouth wash. After you’ve flossed and brushed your teeth, then don’t forget to top your oral hygiene off with a good mouth rinse.
Mouth wash can help kill harmful bacteria and particles that can cause problems such as bad breath, sores in your mouth, and other unwanted growth in the oral area. Again it really doesn’t matter what type of mouth wash you use, as long as you’re using something. Some rinses are harsher with an alcohol base, while others have less of a bite, but can still do the trick.
It’s recommended to use mouth rinse daily, and if you can only do it once, then go for the morning. This can help kill the morning breath and other junk that accumulates overnight. Then you’ll be ready to conquer the day with confidence.
Be consistent with your daily oral hygiene and good results will come
So as you can see, this isn’t rocket science. It’s pretty basic and easy to do. The key is to be consistent with your oral care regimen.
If you will commit to a daily routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouth wash, then your oral hygiene will definitely improve over time. Not only will you become your dentist’s favorite patient, but you’ll also make some new friends with those pearly whites and sweet breath.
So don’t let the details bog you down. Just make a fresh start and commitment to a lifestyle of good oral care. You’ll be so glad that you did.
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