Imagine someone all dressed up, looking gorgeous but has really bad breath! Such a turn off! Your impression on them will be ruined because of their poor hygiene. Internal hygiene is much more important than your external looks. Not just for the impressions on you, but for your personal health as well.
Hello and welcome back!
Today I want to talk about oral hygiene, which has gotten so important to me over the past few months. Watching people around me have barely any tooth left to chew, frequent visit to dentists, painful tooth extractions and expensive tooth restorations made me super aware on this topic. Prevention is always better than cure. Good oral hygiene is one of the most important factors of being overall healthy. By this time you’re probably wondering “Oh you mean brushing before bed! We all know and do this, how silly of you!” Well, No, I’m not talking just about brushing before bed. I’m going to go more in details. These are the things I learnt from several dentists’ advice and researching. Mouth isn’t any better than your gut if not cleaned and taken care of. Millions of bacteria reside in there that causes food particles left in your mouth to rot which eventually cause bad breath. Among those, some cause dental cavity, gingivitis (gum disease) and even premature tooth loss.
Here is the basic dental hygiene routine that everyone need to follow to have healthy teeth and fresh breath.
1. Brush twice a day, properly.
You must brush before going to bed. Brush for atleast 2 minutes. The purpose of brushing is to get rid of all the food particles and plaques from teeth. There was a time when I would taste the menthol flavor of toothpaste and feel like “Ahh my mouth is all fresh and clean” lol. Don’t do this. Take your time to clean every tooth properly. After rinsing check if there is any plaque left on the molars.
2. Floss regularly.
I cannot stress this enough. Floss everyday. Better twice a day after your meals. Brushing alone isn’t enough to clean well. Flossing helps to reach in between your teeth and clean them.
Once I started flossing I was pretty grossed out by the amount of food particles that can get trapped there and rot.
3. Scrape your tongue.
Don’t forget your tongue while brushing. A layer of slimy food particles deposit on your tongue after you eat. Scrape everytime you brush. The main reason for your bad breath could be not scraping your tongue. Fun fact: Most of the toothbrushes have tongue scrapers at the back side. Those groovy designs you thought are actually to scrape your tongue.
Mouthwashes are quick way to clean your mouth. It also controls acid production that decays teeth. Don’t use it after brushing as it may wash out the concentrated fluoride your toothpaste left after brushing. Rather choose a different time. Like after lunch. Instead of brushing you can just floss and rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Swish for 30 seconds to kill the bacteria. Avoid eating or drinking for the next 30 minutes for the mouthwash to work well.
And some tips for healthier teeth:
Use Fluoride Toothpastes and Mouthwashes. Fluoride prevents tooth decay and cavities. It strengthens teeth. Check toothpastes if they contain fluoride before buying. Usually all Colgate toothpastes have it.
Limit Acidic and Sugary drinks. These two causes erosion of teeth by dissolving enamels. Avoid brushing immediately after acid intake as your teeth are vulnerable at this point. Brush after 30 minutes.
Change brush every 3 months. The bristles of toothbrushes get damaged in around 3 months. Change your toothbrush every 3 months to avoid poor cleaning with weak bristles.
Regular Visits to the Dentist Cleaning your teeth at home isn't enough. You need to get it cleaned professionally (Scaling or removal of hard calculus) by a dentist every 6 months. Besides, check up on your overall oral health often. Visit your dentist atleast twice a year.
Alright, that’s all for oral hygiene today. I hope I could provide you with some useful information.
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