Good Oral Hygiene Routine

Taking care of your teeth, gums and tongue comes down to a few steps that actually require minimal time and effort.  These steps make up a good oral hygiene routine and when followed consistently, the results can be healthy teeth and gums.  Failing to follow a good routine, often results in consequences that can have a negative impact on your oral health and even finances.

Along with visiting your Burnaby Dentist for regular check ups and cleanings, implementing and following a good at home oral hygiene routine is one of the most important and effect ways to combat tooth decay, periodontal disease and fight bad breath.

What exactly does a good oral hygiene routine look like?

Firstly, if you have special health conditions that need to be taken into consideration such as pregnancy, cancer treatments, braces, diabetes, then talk to your dentist as you may require additional care.

Your oral hygiene routine should be easy to follow and you’ll receive the most benefit from it if, you commit to it, and follow it daily. 

Floss Your Teeth

Flossing your teeth before brushing is a more effective method of preventing tooth decay and gum disease as mentioned by the Canadian Dental Association.

Flossing helps to reach places around your teeth that your toothbrush cannot.  Food, bacteria and plaque that are in between your teeth can only come off by flossing.  Flossing your teeth should be done at least once within a 24 hour period and ideally at night before retiring for bed.

When flossing, be gentle on your teeth and gum line.  Be sure to floss in between each tooth and slide the floss into the space between your gum and tooth. Use the floss to gently rub the side of the tooth in an up-and-down motion to collect food particles and bacteria.

Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth removes bacteria that causes tooth decay and plaque that can cause gum disease.  Brushing after every meal is ideal but if you find that challenging to fit it, aim for at least twice a day.  If there is too much time that passes in between brushings, bacterial plaque can build up on your teeth and your risk of gum inflammation is increased.

To effectively brush your teeth, it is recommended to divide your mouth into quadrants and spend 30 seconds at each quadrant, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth.  If you find it difficult to keep track of the time, set a timer or use an electric toothbrush that includes a built in timer.

Tongue Cleaning

Using a tongue cleaner aids in removing food debris and bacteria build up on your tongue.  Keeping your tongue clean not only aids in good oral health but also helps combat bad breath.  The surface of your tongue is an excellent environment for bacteria to thrive on.  By removing or lessening this bacteria, this goes a long way in helping improve your breath.   According to Web MD, using a tongue scraper may be a more effective than using a tooth brush on your tongue.

To clean your tongue, place the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue and drag it forward. Repeat until you no longer see debris although take care to not irritate your tongue by causing smalls cuts or scrapes with the scraper.

A good oral hygiene routine is quite simple to follow.  By taking a few minutes a day you’re taking preventative measures that will help keep your teeth, gums and tongue in excellent health.

If you have questions about a good oral hygiene routine for yourself or a family member, be sure to ask your Dentist at North Burnaby Dental Group.

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