12 Oct Enhance your oral hygiene in four simple steps
Good oral hygiene requires the right techniques and approach. GPA Dental shares her top tips to keep your mouth fresh.
Go for regular dental visits and scaling
The best way to check your current oral hygiene and health is to visit your dentist once every six months. Any issues related to your oral health should be diagnosed professionally and your dentist should suggest the right solutions and treatment. Also, schedule an appointment to get your teeth scaled every six months. This will help remove hidden plaque and clean the areas that you may have missed.
Learn to brush the right way
Large, hard toothbrushes do not help with brushing and may cause damage to the teeth and gums. Use a soft, small headed toothbrush to reach to the last standing tooth at the back. Use a gentle, circular motion to clean your teeth and keep the bristles angled at around 45 degrees towards the gum lines. This will help you clean underneath the gums as well. Your tooth-brushing time should also be more than two minutes.
Know this: There’s more to hygiene than just brushing your teeth
Good tooth brushing should remove most of the plaque and food residue but it does not remove it entirely. Use adjunctive cleaning agents such as floss to clean underneath the gum and teeth better. Flossing is recommended after brushing before bed. This is so you can clean the areas that were missed out during brushing. Ask your dentist for advice on the proper flossing techniques. Additionally, you can also ask your dentist to recommend a suitable cleanser for your mouth and teeth.
Use fluoride-infused toothpaste and mouthwash
Fluoride is an important agent to help fight tooth decay, so you should always purchase toothpaste that has this vital ingredient. Mouthwash can be used to help top up fluoride but is not recommended after tooth brushing because it has lower fluoride concentration than the toothpaste. Try using mouthwash in the middle of the day after lunch instead when you may not have the opportunity to brush your teeth.