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Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Dec 12, 2017

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Microorganisms or so called bacteria can live in your mouth as plaque, bringing on cavities and gingivitis, which can cause periodontal (gum) infection. With a goal to keep your mouth clean, you should follow a good oral hygiene consistently.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a layer of sticky material containing microbes and bacteria that sticks to the teeth, including the places where toothbrushes can't reach. A large number of the foods you eat make the microscopic bacteria in your to create acids. Foods rich in sugar are clear sources of plaque; but there are various other sources that you may not even think can bring about damage. Starches like in bread, wafers, oats and cereals – add to acids. Plaque additionally delivers substances that affect the gums, making them red, delicate, and defenseless leading them to bleed. This can prompt gum diseases, in which gums form a gap from the teeth and such gaps fill up with microscopic organisms and pus. In case if the gums are not treated properly, the bone in the teeth vicinity can get destroyed and teeth may turn out to be loose or must be taken off.

 How to stay away of plaque? 

The most ideal approach to eliminate plaque is by brushing and cleaning between your teeth consistently. Brushing the teeth expels the plaque from the tooth surfaces. Brush your teeth twice every day with a delicate bristled brush. The size and form of your toothbrush should fit your mouth and enable you to access all regions effortlessly. Use an antibacterial toothpaste containing fluoride, which further shields your teeth from decay. Clean between the teeth once every day with floss or interdental cleaners to expel plaque from between the teeth, where it’s not easy for toothbrush to reach. Flossing is important to avoid gum infection.

How to brush and floss teeth?

The Dental Association recommends the following methodology for brushing and flossing the teeth:


• Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with contrast to gums.

• Move the brush forward and backward tenderly in short (far reaching) strokes.

• Brush the external tooth surfaces, the internal tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces.

• Using the tip of the brush clean inner surfaces of the front teeth, in a gentle up and down motion.

• Brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and refresh your breath.


• Take around 18 inches of floss and twist it around the center fingers of each hand. Hold the floss firmly between your thumbs and forefingers.

• Guide the floss between your teeth in a delicate rubbing movement.

• When the floss approaches the gum line, bend it into a C shape against one tooth. Delicately slide it into the space between the tooth and the gum.

• Return the floss back at the contact point between the teeth and move the floss in up or down motion on the opposite side, adjusting the floss to the contour of the tooth.

• Hold the floss firmly against the tooth. Tenderly rub the side of the tooth, while moving the floss far from the gum with up and down movements.

• Repeat this motion on the remaining teeth.

Is there something else to clean the mouth? 

A mouth wash, along with daily brushing and flossing, can enhance the cleanliness of your mouth. Antibacterial mouth rinsing reduces microorganisms, bacteria and plaque build-up, causing gingivitis and gum ailment. Fluoride mouth rinsing also aid in reducing and preventing the tooth rot. Regularly consult with your dental specialist about any new products you are keen on trying. Not everybody ought to use a fluoride mouth flush. For example, fluoride rinses are not prescribed for kids aged 6 or younger in light of the fact that they may gulp it down. Do check the manufacturer's instructions on safety measures and advisable age and talk with your dental practitioner about the use of fluoride mouth wash.

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