Is it just brushing enough for our oral hygiene?

We only get one set of teeth. So, isn’t it important for all of us to take the best care we can to keep our oral health at its best? Good oral health not only saves your money from spending over a dentist but also ensures a healthy body. It also adds on to your confidence with that pearl white smile!
So now the question is, how many of us are aware of the proper oral hygiene habits? How many of us practice it in our daily life? How many of us know about the different products available to practice good dental care? and how many of us change our brush regularly? Do we really?
Don’t worry friends! Today you will get the answers to all of these questions in this article.

So let’s get started.

The Basics of oral hygiene:

As you see this topic, the first thing that comes to your mind is a brush. But there are some more products to be included in our daily routine for oral hygiene.

Here is the basic list-

  • Brush
  • Interdental brush /floss

Many of us are familiar with these, but how many of us are practicing it? If in practice also, how many of us exactly know the correct way of using these?

BRUSHING:

Brushing is the very first thing we all do in the morning. We all are doing this since our early childhood. But are we doing it right?
A healthy routine involves, using a brush of the right size for your mouth with a fluoride toothpaste. Every brushing session should be at least two minutes long but not more than three minutes and you should be careful to brush all the surfaces of your teeth, including the harder ones to reach the back.
You are supposed to replace your toothbrush every three months and you should always be careful not to press too hard or brush for too long, as this can damage your gums and teeth.
Though brushing is the most used method by the majority of the population, it only cleans 60% of the oral cavity.

Interdental brush:

Let us all understand what the interdental area is. The area below the tight contact between tooth to the tooth surface and above the gums is an interdental area, known as embrasures. This space comprises of 40% of our tooth surface. Most of the decay starts in this area.
Interdental brushes are simply very small toothbrushes, with minute bristles that can easily fit in between the teeth to ensure a good, thorough clean. They come in many sizes depending on how large the gaps between your teeth are. Many people find that they need to use two – or even more – brushes to make sure they’re able to clean between all teeth effectively.

Foods not to eat:

Foods like popcorn, sticky candy, apple skins, leafy greens, or stringy meats like spare ribs can all get caught between your teeth. It takes bacteria colonies in the mouth about 24 hours to fully form, so as long as you dislodge any food particles stuck in between your teeth once a day, you will keep tooth decay in check. So, using interdental brushes once a day will surely decrease the chances of tooth decay. Using interdental brushes once a day will surely decrease the chances of tooth decay.
So, now you all know what you need to do to maintain your oral health. Next, all you have to do is, put this knowledge into practice and you’d be good to go!