What does good oral hygiene mean?
Good oral hygiene provides a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means that:
- Your teeth are clean and there are no food debris
- The gums have a pink color and do not hurt or bleed during brushing or flossing
- Bad breath is not a constant problem.
If your gums hurt or bleed during brushing or flossing, or you suffer from persistent bad breath, visit your dentist. Any of these infections indicate a problem.
Your dentist or hygienist will help you develop good oral hygiene techniques and teach you to detect areas that require special attention during brushing and flossing.
How do you practice good oral hygiene?
One of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums is to maintain good oral hygiene. Healthy teeth not only give your person a good look and make him feel good, but allow him to speak and eat properly. Good oral health is important for your general well-being.
Daily preventive care, such as brushing, flossing and mouthwash, prevents further problems, and is less painful and less expensive than treatments for an infection that has been allowed to progress.
In the intervals between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple guidelines that each of us can follow to significantly reduce the development of tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems:
- Brush thoroughly, floss and rinse your mouth at least twice a day.
- Eat a balanced diet and reduce intake between meals
- Use fluoride dental products, including toothpaste
- Use fluoride mouthwashes if your dentist tells you to.