Oral Hygiene• Oral hygiene includes all the processesfor keeping mouth clean and healthy.Good oral hygiene is necessary forprevention of dental caries, periodontaldiseases, bad breath and other dentalproblems.
Importance of goodoral hygiene:Prevention is always better than cure.Good oral hygiene habits will keepaway most of the dental problemssaving you from toothaches and costlydental treatments.
• Awareness regarding the importance of oralhygiene has significantly increased in thedeveloped countries, but contrary to that, themodern dietary lifestyle habits are posing agreater risk for oral health.• Good oral health is important to your overallwell-being.
By maintaining good oralhygiene we can prevent• Dental caries• Gingivitis• Periodontitis• Halitosis
Do’s of Dentistry1.Brushing your teeth(at least twice a day or after everymeal)2.Floss your teeth regularly3.Tooth Paste should be Pea size on yourbrush.4.Tooth Brush-Should be replaced after every 3 months5.Mouth Wash should be used regularly.
Proper brushing methodProper brushing method1. For thorough but gentle cleansing, use a soft toothbrush2. Hold your brush at a 45° angel. Begin by brushing the outside of the front teeth. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion.3. Next, brush the outside back teeth, starting along the gumline.4. Inside back teeth. Use short, angled brush strokes.
5. Inside front teeth. Tilt the brush vertically; use an up-and-down motion. 6. Chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat. Use a gentle scrubbing motion.
Use about 18" of floss, leaving an inch ortwo to work with.Gently follow the curves of yourteeth.Be sure to clean beneath the gum line, butavoid snapping the floss on the gums.
1. Avoid foods that are high in sugar content.2.Carbonated drinks are more acidic than noncarbonated drinks; hence more dangerous.3.Foods like potato crisps tend to stick in thegrooves; stay for an extended period and causedecay.4.Avoid excessive intake of fruit juices (can bevery acidic). They can be diluted with water.5. Using Teeth to open bottle/wrappers6. Use of else tooth brush7. Don’t stuff aspirin/orajet into cavitiesDon’ts of Dentistry
Do’s & Don’ts for KIDSDo’s• Start brushing their teeth as soon asthey are seen in mouthDon’ts• Don’t give your baby fruit juice inbottle• Don’t use candy as a pacifier• Don’t send off your child for brushingwithout supervision.
Regular dental checkups:• Good oral hygiene should be a joined effortbetween you and your dentist.• Your dentist, if visited regularly, willdetect and prevent any problem before itbecomes hazardous for you.• Regular dental checkups are an essentialpart of dental hygiene routine for youngand old alike.
Signs of good oral hygiene: Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smellshealthy. This means: Your teeth are clean and free of debris Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss Bad breath is not a constant problem.