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Oral Hygiene: Guide To Good Oral Health

Most, if not all of us, are self-conscious about oral hygiene. Like how we don’t enjoy smelling the stench of rotten eggs when talking to others, we don’t want other people backing away from us during a conversation because we might have bad breath.

While gargling with mouthwash and sucking on mints can mask the problem temporarily, good oral hygiene comes with everyday care, and below are some of the ways you can go about it.

Reduce your dental plaque

Dental plaque — that sticky, yellow film that stays on your teeth and visible on your gum line — is the culprit behind teeth stains and bad breath. With a high-sugar diet, plaque turns sugar into acid that eats into your teeth, leading to tooth decay. When left too long on your teeth, it will harden and become tartar, a thick, yellow and brown stain that goes along your gum line.

Reducing dental plaque is easier than you think. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes is more than enough to remove it from the surface of your teeth. Use soft bristles if you have sensitive gums. And while natural toothpaste is cool and all, you need fluoride in your toothpaste to protect your teeth from cavities and help remineralise your enamel. So make sure your next tube contains the recommended amount of fluoride for that extra protection.

Take care of your gums

We can’t stress enough on the importance of healthy gums. After all, gums are the main factors that keep your teeth in your mouth. Signs of poor gum health are red, swollen gums, bleeding when flossing or brushing, and receding gums, which exposes the root end of your teeth. That’s gonna hurt when it comes in contact with hot or cold foods.

One super effective way of maintaining healthy gums is to floss daily. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles that are stuck between your teeth, which are hard to reach places for your toothbrush. There are several types of floss available in the market, such as regular string floss, floss picks, and oral irrigators. Go for whichever works for you, as long as you make it a habit to floss regularly.

Your tongue needs some love too

Most of us neglect one crucial part of our mouths when it comes to oral hygiene — the tongue. Like our teeth, the surface of our tongues can collect food particles, dead skin cells, and a nasty coating of up to 700 different types of bacteria. That layer of bacteria, which we understand causes a foul stench, will breed and grow. Eventually, that colony could spread to your teeth.

Unfortunately, the coating cannot be removed by simply drinking water or using mouthwash. If you stick your tongue out now and see more yellow than pink, especially at the back, you need to clean your tongue. If you don’t have a tongue scraper, just use your toothbrush to brush the back of your tongue works fine too. Just make sure you cover all sides, not just the centre.

Watch your diet and limit your vices

Bad oral hygiene is not limited to your cleaning habits. What you consume matters too. Alcohol can lead to a dry mouth, making your teeth vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Drink water after you drink alcohol to help with that.

Stained teeth due to wine, coffee, and tea, can be solved with rinsing. Stained teeth from smoking, however, is a lot more complicated. The chemical content in cigarettes is a major contributor to brown teeth, and no amount of rinsing can fix it. It also makes your mouth smell like an ashtray, so limit that.

Everyone loves a midnight treat, so if you’re prone to munching on something late at night, save your nighttime brushing to after the treat, just before you sleep. Just like your body, the bacteria in your mouth needs fuel to survive too, so remove them before they can settle in for a snack.

Don’t overdo it and go see your dentist

Too much brushing can wear down your tooth enamel and irritate your gums, and if you brush your tongue too hard, you could break the skin. If needed, just rinse with water. The key is to be thorough, not aggressive.

One last thing that you shouldn’t forget in your quest for good oral hygiene is to visit your dentist. Get your teeth cleaned by a professional at least twice a year. This helps remove heavy plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth. It’s also helpful for when you need to detect any underlying problems with your teeth and gums.

A healthy smile and odourless breath can boost your confidence greatly, and along with a great shave plan for a clean, sharp shave, can help increase your chances of getting that second date. Bonus? Good oral hygiene tells them you’re 100% kissable.