9 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene has always been important for maintaining oral health, but we must not forget that it is more than just brushing our teeth on a regular basis. To maintain good oral hygiene, you must constantly care for your teeth properly. 

1. Brush your teeth at least once a day. 

Brush your teeth after each meal, three times a day. This helps to protect your enamel while also avoiding tartar buildup and bad breath. Plaque removal is so important that going several days without brushing your teeth is usually enough time for the onset of more serious oral conditions.

2. Select the proper toothbrush and toothpaste.

Consult with your dentist about the best toothbrush and toothpaste to use. Dr. Yoon of New Look Dental Care can give specific recommendations based on your oral health needs. For example, you might need a special type of toothpaste to help with gingivitis. You might also need to use additional cleaning methods like a dental waterpik which uses high pressure water to remove plaque your toothbrush is not strong enough to remove. 

3. Dental floss is essential. 

When we eat, food frequently accumulates between our teeth. Because the toothbrush cannot reach the small spaces, flossing your teeth at least once a day is necessary to remove any food that has become trapped. The buildup of food particles between the teeth can lead to the breakdown of your enamel, increasing the likelihood of cavities and other oral health issues.  

4. Mouthwash should not be overlooked. 

Dr. Yoon recommends, after brushing your teeth, you should rinse with mouthwash. Mouthwash reduces the bacteria in your mouth, which decreases the amount of dental plaque that forms on your teeth. 

5. Eat healthy foods. 

Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the best foods for healthy teeth because of their nutritional and oral health benefits. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, such as apples, carrots, and celery, aid in plaque removal and breath freshening. Your teeth and gums are directly affected by your diet. Tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease can all be caused by poor nutrition. Oral diseases have also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature/low-weight births, according to some research.

6. Change your toothbrush. 

It is recommended that you replace your brush after about a month.   Bacteria can accumulate between the bristles of the brush and transfer to your mouth. Not only is a new toothbrush more hygienic, but the bristles of the brush can also become less firm and making it harder to clean your teeth properly.   

7. Sugary foods should be avoided. 

When sugars are broken down in our mouth, acids are produced that can cause tooth enamel erosion. This can result in the formation of cavities and other oral health issues. Sugar, in addition to producing enamel-eating acids, attracts the tiny bacteria that cause gingivitis and gum disease. These diseases can cause your gums to recede and destroy the protective tissues that keep your teeth in place. 

8. Avoid Smoking 

It is both harmful to our health and could cause poor oral hygiene. Because smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, if gums are infected, the infected gums do not heal quickly. Smoking causes more dental plaque and accelerates the progression of gum disease compared to nonsmokers. Gum disease is still the most common cause of adult tooth loss. In addition to the increased risk of tooth loss, smoking also stains your teeth, and who likes yellow teeth? 

9. Consult your dentist. 

It is recommended that we visit our dentist at least once a year for a check-up and deep cleaning. Dr Yoon from New Look Dental Care in Gaithersburg Maryland would love to see you on a regular basis. The New look Dental Care staff is highly trained to improve your overall oral health. 

Keep your teeth healthy by caring for your teeth on a regular basis. Schedule your next appointment with New Look Dental Care in Gaithersburg Maryland today!