Oral hygiene: from A to Z
Oral hygiene, is it a vague term for you? Maybe you may have an idea of what oral hygiene is, but you are not sure, and during your visits to the dentist you always have a fear that you have not applied the principles properly? This article is for you! Let’s demystify everything related to oral hygiene!
What is oral hygiene?
When we talk about oral hygiene, we mean all of the things that help keep your mouth clean and healthy. It is therefore the daily actions you do to take care of your mouth, as well as the more specialized procedures of your dentist, all with a goal to eliminate dental plaque.
Why improve your oral hygiene?
Dental plaque is responsible for several periodontal diseases. Your mouth is host to bacteria, and when you don’t clean it enough or often enough, these bacteria cause gum irritation. This is called gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can degenerate into periodontitis, which is a disease that causes mobility and even loss of teeth. So this is to be taken seriously!
Other consequences of poor oral hygiene are:
- Bad breath
- A buildup of dental plaque on your teeth
- Gum pain and increased sensitivity (bleeding when brushing your teeth or flossing for example)
How to have good dental hygiene?
Good dental hygiene can be summed up in 5 elements:
- The proper method of brushing teeth
- The use of dental floss
- The use of fluoridated dental products
- Eating healthy food
- Regular visits to the dentist
We have written a full article that explains these 5 points in detail. Click here to view it.
Back to school: the perfect opportunity to change your habits
Who says back to school, says new routine! No matter if the days of classroom desks are far behind you, back to school is often synonymous with change and renewal in our imagination. This is the perfect opportunity to change your habits: no more harmful habits and welcome to good dental hygiene habits!
Routine isn’t your thing? Here are a few tips to help you:
- Add a fun element to an activity that appeals to you less. For example: play your favorite song while brushing your teeth!
- Make a list so you don’t forget anything. Write down all the items you need to do in your routine and check them off as you go to make sure you get everything done!
- Go gradually if the change is too big. If your oral health habits aren’t impeccable right now and the mountain ahead seems huge, take it in stages. Start by adding a brushing session per day, or even dental floss 3 times a week. Then increase the pace until you reach the end goal.
On top of that, why not take the opportunity to get a new toothbrush to start your new routine in style?
So, are you ready to take care of your oral health and improve your dental hygiene now?