Updated: 5 August, 2019

A better, good oral hygiene begins every morning and ends in the evening if you stick to a consistent oral routine. In addition to regular dental check up, maintaining good oral hygiene help keep your teeth strong and even your overall health. You will feel confident, look awesome and create a memorable first impression. It is easy to maintain good oral hygiene if you understand the basic dental education and a thorough knowledge of what should be done and what shouldn’t be done (long term and short term)

 7 Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene 

1.   Eat Right

A good diet plays a huge role in your dental health. Drinking lots of water will keep your mouth properly hydrated and clean. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol because they can stain your teeth or in severe cases, rot your teeth. Chocolates and hard candies can wear out your enamel, thereby causing crack and chip if you are not careful. Eat plenty fruits, vegetable, and lean protein. Apart from the overwhelming benefits found in fruits, they also have a high water content which is good for your teeth and general health. 

2.   Brush and Brushing

Your brush type and specification determine your overall oral hygiene. With so many varieties of toothbrushes available in the store, there is no excuse why you should not have a good toothbrush. When travelling, you can make use of ‘travel toothbrush’. These brushes are designed to fold up or are small enough to fit into your pocket. When using ordinary brushes, make sure that the bristles are dried before putting them into their container.

Allowing them to dry will help keep bacteria from growing in the toothbrush. In case you use an electric toothbrush, make sure it is properly charged so that it won’t disappoint when you probably need it. It is highly recommended that you brush at least twice daily. When brushing, try to place the bristle 45 degree to your gum and brush the outer surface of your teeth using a front and back, up and down motion. Make sure to brush your tongue and the upper side of your mouth for a better result. 

3.   Increase the flow of saliva

If you are a sweet tooth type, then a sugar-free gum is a good alternative to sugary snacks and gums. Chewing sugar-free gum helps the flow of saliva in your mouth which is essential in cleaning food particles out of your mouth. When food remnant remains dormant in your mouth for a long period, it attracts bacteria which are harmful to your health and teeth.

4.   Mouthwash and Flossing

Flossing can also help in your daily oral hygiene routine. However, like brushing, there is a right and wrong way to do it. Flossing helps remove germs from where toothbrush normally won’t reach. Wrap about a fist floss in your hand then unroll a fresh line of floss for every tooth and keep it against the teeth to break apart every plaque in your tooth while keeping your gum and oral health in good condition. While mouthwash is good, it is not a substitute to brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is the quick remedy you need but not an actual remedy to brushing and treating your mouth against germs. 

5.   Green tea

Unlike other forms of tea, green tea does not stain your teeth. Green tea can help fight bacteria efficiently even before they form bacteria. The next time you want to enjoy a cup of tea, think about your oral health and go for green tea. It contains antioxidants which help to fight cavities. 

6.   Easy to use WISP

Wisp is a great cleaning tool especially if you are in an area with no available water. A wisp is a liquid filled brush that releases a tiny watery burst as you brush. The good thing about wisp is that you do not need water to have clean, fresh breath. You also don’t need to apply toothpaste on the wisp. The cleaning solution in the wisp helps do the job 

7.   Visit your dentist

In conclusion, regular checkup is vital in maintaining good oral hygiene. According to the University of Dental Medicine in Boston, roughly 50% of adults in America do not visit a dentist due to dental phobia, finance or sheer negligence. Don’t be among the 50%. The American Dental Association recommends that you pay your dentist some visit (twice a year). Visiting your dentist for check up will help discover hidden gum diseases, cancer or cavities 

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Chapter 1 – 7 Practical Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene 

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