The Best Way To Clean Your Teeth And Mouth

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The Best Way To Clean Your Teeth And Mouth


tooth brush Oral hygiene is one among the most sensationalized areas of healthy living today, and rightfully so. Considering that poor oral hygiene leads to a wide spectrum of health problems like gum disease and halitosis, it is therefore important for everyone to ensure they uphold the common standards of cleaning their mouth and teeth.

However, the truth of the matter is that the best way to clean your teeth and mouth may not work for everyone else, so it is important to discuss some of the widely-accepted methods with a view of being inclusive.

Brush appropriately

While many of us are used to the common principle of brushing twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and a new toothbrush, the question that many are yet to settle with is the ‘how’ part. The following are just some of the guidelines to be followed to ensure an effective brushing of your teeth.

-Clean the outer surface of your upper teeth followed by your lower teeth.
-Clean the inner surface of your upper teeth followed by your lower teeth.
-Clean the chewing surfaces that are mostly located at the back of the mouth.
-For fresher breath, gently swipe the brush through the gum and wrap up by brushing the tongue.

It is also important to take your time, at least two minutes and brush thoroughly by tilting the toothbrush to a 45 degree angle in order to reach all the hidden corners of the mouth. In addition, you are also encouraged to brush the entry surfaces of your teeth gently in order to avoid tooth trauma.

Floss regularly

Flossing is important as it removes food particles and plaque from areas where the toothbrush cannot easily reach, such as under the gum line and between your teeth. The following is the proper technique for flossing.
-Start with about eighteen inches of floss and wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an an inch or two to work with.

-Tautly hold the floss between the thumb and index fingers and gently slide it up and down between the teeth.
-Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, ensuring you go a little beneath the gum line but do not force or snap it in, as this could bruise the delicate gum tissue.
-Use clean sections of the floss, moving from one tooth to another.
-Lastly, remove the floss by using the same back and forth motion in order to bring up the floss and away from the teeth.

As is the case with brushing, flossing should also be done at a frequency. Health experts recommend doing it at least once a day, often before bed-time.

In conclusion there are additional measures that assist brushing and flossing in order to ensure a clean mouth and teeth. Some of these include moderating your intake of sugary foods and occasionally visiting a dentist for oral exam and professional cleaning.