Poor dental hygiene can often affect the quality of your smile and therefore your self-confidence. But these issues often pale in comparison to the vast amount of dental diseases and conditions that often come with bad dental hygiene. If you don't maintain a proper oral hygiene routine you could develop conditions such as bad breath (often an indicator of other, more serious oral health conditions), oral cancer and gum disease. And it's not just forgetting to care for your teeth that can cause oral health issues - caring incorrectly can also be a big cause of problems. To help you avoid the issues that come from poor oral hygiene, here are our oral hygiene top tips:
1. Brush your whole mouth - properly
Keeping up good oral hygiene is about more than simply brushing your teeth. That's why one of our oral health top tips is to brush your entire mouth. Pay particular attention to your gum line, where your teeth and gums meet as this can be where food collects and gets stuck, causing plaque to develop which can the lead to gum disease if not cared for. Bacteria can also grow on your tongue and the roof of your mouth so make sure you keep those clean too.
To make sure you brush properly, place your toothbrush against the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Try to brush in a circular motion rather than side to side as this can wear your gum away. Do the same for both the front and back of your teeth.
You should also brush at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and once again in the evening.
2. Floss regularly
Brushing, whilst important, won't get rid of all the plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Use floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth at least once a day - usually at night.
3. Clean your toothbrush
Cleaning your toothbrush is a simple way to take care of your mouth and it doesn't take any special skill or equipment. Keep your toothbrush uncovered as covering it can actually encourage bacteria to grow amongst the bristles. Instead, to keep your brush clean, simply rinse it with fresh water after every use and let it air dry. It's also a good idea to avoid sharing toothbrushes if you can as this helps prevent the spread of germs.
4. Change your brush regularly
The bristle on your toothbrush will deteriorate over time, meaning that eventually, they won't do their job as well as they should. Ideally, you should change your toothbrush every three or four months.
5. Use a tongue scraper
Using a tongue scraper is a great way to remove bad breath causing bacteria from the surface of your tongue. You can either buy a seperate one or buy a toothbrush that has one incorporated into its design. Scrape your tongue after brushing to get the best results.
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