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5 Best Tips to Improve Your Oral Hygiene: A Complete Guide

23 April 2024

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for overall health and wellbeing. From preventing cavities to avoiding gum disease, taking care of your teeth and gums can have a significant impact on your overall health. In this blog post, we’ll discuss five of the best tips to improve your oral hygiene, helping you achieve a brighter smile and better overall health.

Your Oral Health Blueprint

  1. Brush Properly: The cornerstone of good oral hygiene is brushing your teeth regularly, but it’s not just about brushing; it’s about brushing properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush at least twice a day, for two minutes each time, making sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces. Remember to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
  2. Floss Daily: Brushing alone isn’t enough to remove all the plaque and food particles from between your teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Flossing daily helps remove plaque and debris from areas that your toothbrush can’t reach, preventing cavities and gum disease. Want to know to floss correctly? Hit the link to watch our demonstration. 
  3. Use Mouthwash: In addition to brushing and flossing, using an antimicrobial mouthwash can help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride to strengthen your teeth and help prevent cavities. Rinse with mouthwash after brushing and flossing, swishing it around your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after using mouthwash to allow the fluoride to fully penetrate your teeth. Hit the link to find out when’s the worst time to use mouthwash! 
  4. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Your diet plays a significant role in your oral health. Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as they can contribute to tooth decay and erosion. Instead, opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Drinking plenty of water can also help wash away food particles and bacteria, keeping your mouth clean and hydrated.
  5. Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Even if you’re diligent about your oral hygiene routine at home, it’s essential to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Your dentist can detect and treat oral health issues early, preventing them from becoming more serious problems. Aim to visit your dentist every six months for a thorough examination and professional cleaning. During your visit, discuss any concerns or questions you have about your oral health and hygiene routine. Hit the link for your free consultation with us. 

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