Oral hygiene is very important in order to maintain a good smile or fresh breath. This actually means that your oral hygiene depends on how much you care for your teeth. The best way to guarantee this is regularly brushing your teeth, gums and tongue usually after every meal. The following are tips to ensuring a healthy mouth:
a.) Time for brushing. Brushing your teeth with appropriate toothpaste should last for a couple of minutes. You may have brushed your teeth for say a minute then you assume that is enough time as observed by Robert Roesch of Academy of General Dentistry. Spending that short duration will not provide sufficient time for the toothpaste to kill the bacteria. Always brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes two times a day.
b.) Brush size. Consider buying a brush that best fits your mouth as brush sizes vary according to a size of mouth. The brush should not fill your mouth as this will make brushing impossible. The thickness of the brush bristles should be medium as well, that is not too hard or too soft.
c.) Brush type. The type of brush you are using does not really matter as both electric and traditional brushes work the same. Most experts such as Shehzad Sheikh of Starling Dental Care, Virginia recommends the use of electric toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes are fitted with timers which ensure that the user keeps on rotating until the 2 minute-time elapses.
d.) Type of toothpaste. The type of toothpaste that you use depends on the quality of brushing. It is recommended to use double-action toothpaste. This type of toothpaste provides both cleaning power and strengthens the enamel due to fluoride compounds. Strong teeth are resistant to tooth decay.
e.) Brushing technique. Then the best way to brush your teeth is adjusting your brush to about 45-degrees and brushing in a circular manner. It is not recommended to brush in a back-and-forth manner as this exposes some of the sensitive parts of the teeth. When brushing the front and back of the teeth, however, brush it in an up-and-down direction.
f.) Always floss your teeth. Flossing helps to remove food residue that had otherwise stuck between the teeth. This removal is important to prevent bacterial harboring, which are a major cause of tooth decay. Although flossing may cause bleeding during the initial stages, the gums will adapt to it and with time it will toughen up making your mouth healthy.
g.) Mouth washing. When you brush your teeth, it is important to wash your mouth. The procedure helps to wash away any bacteria that were lagging on the surface of the tooth. It also helps regain a fresh breath.
h.) Regularly change your brush. Old brushes may not work well in cleaning your teeth. As time goes by, the bristles may soften or even break, which drastically reduces efficiency. It is recommended to change your brush after say, 3-4 months.
Generally, taking care of your teeth by brushing regularly will guarantee a health mouth.