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Tips for Good Dental Hygiene


There is a reason why there are specific medical professionals and dentists dedicated to studying oral health. Dental health is essential to your overall health.


In order to properly take care of your teeth, make sure you schedule regular appointments with your dentist. A professional will know exactly what is best for your mouth. In some cases, you might even be referred to a dental specialty. In such cases, an orthodontist would evaluate your particular needs for things like braces or a retainer. In addition to bone structure and mouth health, your dental professionals can provide you with regular cleanings that will better your at-home practices.  


You will need to do most of the work in maintaining good dental hygiene at home. You should use a toothbrush that is sturdy enough to brush well but not one that is too hard. Brushes that are too stiff can irritate your gums. Find a toothbrush that works best for your mouth. Your toothpaste can be a traditional peppermint, a dual-purpose whitening toothpaste, one made for sensitive teeth or even a herbal fluoride free toothpaste. Having the right toothbrush and toothpaste only works if you are brushing correctly. Be gentle and patient when brushing your teeth. Don’t forget to also brush and clean your tongue.


No matter which toothpaste you decide on it is important that you also floss. Make sure you are flossing at least once a day. It is not just for when you think you have something stuck in between your teeth. Flossing is extremely important in maintaining good dental health. Flossing gets in between each tooth and helps remove any food and plaque a brush could not normally get. Plaque that builds up can harden and cause various issues and potential gum disease. If you or a child struggles with using traditional dental floss in your routine, try the floss sticks that come on easy to hold sticks.


There are several other habits you can add to your dental hygiene routine to maintain good dental health. A water flosser can take your at-home cleanings to a new level. You might even want a dental mirror to help see behind certain teeth. Mouthwash helps reach hard to brush areas of the mouth and gums. It is also made to restore the strength of your teeth and fight bacteria in the mouth.

Our teeth and tongue perform essential functions and parts of our mouth are directly linked to other parts of our bodies. It is important to take good care of your teeth and gums to ensure your mouth is free from disease or infection.