The Basic Oral Hygiene Fundamentals

Everyone is aware of the basic oral hygiene fundamentals to keep your teeth and gums as strong as possible, but it is also important to emphasize that it’s not just brushing your teeth every morning that constitutes strong oral hygiene. There is much more to it and that. Oral health is multi-faceted and it isn’t just about the teeth, it also includes taste, smell, speaking, smiling, your gums, and jawbone.

What you’re probably not aware of is if you don’t perform the basic oral hygiene fundamentals listed below, it links to adverse health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia and diabetes?

Why is this? It’s basically stems from what you feed in your mouth, and the impacts that has if you don’t keep your mouth clean.

If you want to maintain smiling confidence every single day, performing the right oral hygiene habits is the best way to do this.

Below outlines the basic oral hygiene fundamentals for strong oral health.

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Brush and Floss Your Teeth Twice A Day

First step, every morning and at night, brush and floss your teeth. Flossing is not something very common amongst some people, but it is very important to perform it, especially if food particles remain stuck in between the teeth. If food particles remain in the mouth, this can cause dental plaque build-up and harmful bacteria begins to penetrate int the mouth, coating your mouth with a sticky pale substance. It is also a trigger for tooth decay.

Drop Your Sodas And Replace With Water

If you’re consuming a high volume of sugars from sodas, its time to drop them otherwise your enamel will become exposed. Sugars and bacteria can combine together, causing an acid attack which causes enamel erosion and discolouration on your teeth. When the enamel is under attack, it becomes weaker and can no longer protect your teeth from harmful bacteria. Water contains fluoride, a property that strengthens your enamel, and digests food to keep your mouth clean.

Perform Tongue Scraping

After a meal, bacteria naturally lands on your tongue and sometimes causes bad breath. It may also lead to bacteria collating with plaque to attack your enamel. Why not consider scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper? You may do this with your soft bristle brush now, but a tongue scraper is much more effective.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Do not forget to visit the dentist for a check-up! Whilst you may think you’re performing a strong oral routine, this must also include regular appointments because the dentist is best placed to determine how healthy your teeth and gums are and provide experienced advice on what you can do to improve your oral health even more. Don’t worry if you’re anxious about your visit, we have everything you need for your visit to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

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Change Your Diet

Aside from replacing sodas with water, the foods you eat are also vitally important. Therefore, you need to think about eating foods that contain calcium and phosphate. These are vital properties that your enamel needs to protect your teeth. You can find calcium and phosphate in vegetables, dairy, fish, soya and nuts. The dentist can help recommend a food list to help you alter your diet.

If you’re not performing these basic oral hygiene fundamentals, it is important that you do so now. If you need further support with your oral health, we’re here to help! Contact us here.

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Dural Dental Practice
Suite 1, 644 Old Northern Road,
Dural, NSW 2158
Ph: (02) 9651-2085

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