We often participate in various activities that we perceive to be beneficial to both our mental and physical well-being. After all, we are creatures of habit but what we don’t seem to recognize is that every choice we make (from taking the stairs to moisturizing our skin) has a great impact on our overall well being. Take dental health for instance, while it is a crucial element in the overall health and well-being of an individual, most people still ignore it.

It is from this realization that we decided to share with you, all the important facts on how to maintain good dental hygiene. This includes highlights on the day to day dental routine practices, fun dental facts as well as information on the consequences of your habits on your smile and health.

What does good dental hygiene practices mean?

Good dental hygiene means different things in different people, but we can all agree that the end result is the same. It is simply to keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy. Additionally, good dental hygiene plays a significant role in keeping the overall beauty and health of your smile.

Below is an outline of an effective dental routine

  • Brushing: Our dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush. When brushing, you are advised to use toothpaste that contains fluoride and while it, brush carefully taking time to reach all areas of your gum, teeth, and tongue.
  • Flossing: Another important dental activity that should be practiced daily is flossing. You should floss between teeth (even though it might be a little difficult) and this should be done before brushing so as to get rid of food particles that might have gotten stuck on the hidden parts of the teeth.
  • Healthy diet: The foods we eat have a significant effect on our dental health. For example, foods that are high in sugars, acid, or those that tend to stain your teeth can have a negative impact on your dental health. This does not mean that you shouldn’t enjoy your favourite food, quite the contrary. But you should do it in moderation in addition to drinking plenty of water and reducing sugar intake where possible.
  • Mouthwash: Mouthwash is one of the oral health practices that help to minimize the amount of acid in the mouth, re-mineralize the teeth as well as helping in cleaning hard to reach areas in and around the gums.
  • Regular dental checkup: Dental Check-up is not only meant for identifying dental problems and diseases but it is also part of essential regular care and plays a major role in making sure you maintain a clean and healthy smile. We recommend that you visit our dental office at least once every six months for regular teeth check-up and cleaning.

Dental hygiene fun facts

  1. Toothbrush capping can be harmful

There are people who believe that capping the head of a toothbrush helps to stop certain toilet/bathroom bacteria from making the toothbrush home.  While this might hold some truth in it, putting a cap or any covering for that matter on a toothbrush can be harmful in itself. You see, by capping your toothbrush, you trap some moisture between the bristles which actually creates the perfect environment for bacteria breeding. So stop worrying and let the toothbrush air out.

  1. Drinking too much (more than three glasses) soda increases your risk of tooth decay by 62%

Research has shown that sodas can be quite detrimental to your teeth than you think.  Those  who are used to drinking more than three glasses of soda daily are highly likely to have tooth loss, fillings, and decays as compared to those that don’t. Whereas taking them in moderation is safe, it is advisable that you drink using straw and brush and rinse your teeth after taking any sugary beverage if you are to avoid tooth problems.

  1. There are over 300 bacteria species in the mouth

Have you ever experienced that vague sweater feeling on your teeth after waking up or after a long day? Well, that is a plague – a group of bacteria that naturally assembles on your teeth. Plague comprises over 300 species of bacteria with some feeding on sugar and producing acid which is harming your dental element.

How to determine whether your dental hygiene efforts are working

It is not easy to determine whether or not your dental efforts are working but, the best way to evaluate your dental practices is by visiting a dentist for a dental check-up.

There are also some warning signs of poor oral health e.g. bad breath (halitosis) which is usually a sign of an infection. Tooth sensitivity and pain is also another sign that all is not well in your teeth.

Contact our dental office today to book an appointment for a dental checkup or with any questions you might have.