Thoughts From The Therapist - Good Oral Hygiene
September 14th, 2016 Thoughts From The Therapist,
Good oral hygiene is an important aspect of daily life and helps achieve a healthy mouth and smile.
Here are some useful tips in order to keep those pearly whites pearly.
1) Brush thoroughly twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste – make sure to hold toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle in order to brush along the gum line.
2) Use a soft bristled toothbrush and replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
3) Floss once a day - it is usually recommended to floss at night before brushing your teeth. Make sure you wrap the floss around the tooth, clean beneath the gum line and floss both sides of the teeth.
4) Don't forget to brush your tongue – tongue coating is a major contributor to bad breath.
5) Eat a healthy balanced diet – limit sugary snacks throughout the day, it is usually recommended to have 3 meals and 2 snacks per day.
6) Limit consumption of soft drinks, coffee and alcohol – best to have some water after these beverages.
7) Avoid tobacco – smoking can increase the chance of gum disease, tooth decay and causes staining and bad breath.
8) Visiting the dentist/hygienist regularly for check-ups and cleans – usually recommended every 6months – try not to leave it until there is an emergency.
Brushing and flossing removes plaque which is made up of bacteria. Many of the foods you eat, especially sugary foods, cause the bacteria to produce acid which eats away at the tooth. If plaque is not removed on a regular basis it can lead to gum disease, cavities and bad breath. Remember, healthy gums are pink and do not bleed when brushing or flossing.
The Big Picture - A healthy mouth helps keep a healthy body as well, they are connected!