Dental issues are never any fun. In the case of most common dental issues, signs are easily recognizable and can be easily prevented or cured. Most of us take the essential steps in preventing most dental problems with regular dental check-ups, flossing and brushing. However, issues can happen no matter what we do. There are…
6 Common Oral Hygiene Questions
When it comes to oral hygiene, there are a lot of questions that patients have. From how much they should brush, if mouthwash helps and other teeth related questions. Today we are going to go over the six of the most common oral hygiene questions and give some simple answers to help you make the best choices for your teeth and oral health.
Common questions about oral hygiene
1. Is there a ‘best way’ to brush?
The best way is to brush the teeth for two minutes. This means that it should take around 30 seconds for each 1/4th of the teeth. Along with two minutes of brushing, twice per day, brushing too hard is damaging to teeth. Never brush aggressively and keep a good, steady forward and back motion.
2. What is the best type of toothbrush?
There are a lot of different options when it comes to toothbrushes. From hard and soft bristles to electric or manual, it can get confusing.
The best type of toothbrush is one with soft bristles. Hard bristled toothbrushes being used over an extended period can irritate gums and cause more damage to enamel than good. Keeping it simple with a soft-bristled toothbrush can be one of the best decisions a person can make.
3. Is an electric toothbrush better?
Overall, the answer is probably not. Although they are great at cleaning the teeth, an excellent soft bristled toothbrush can be the most beneficial over an extended period. Sometimes keeping things simple is the best course of action when it comes to keeping teeth and gums healthy.
4. How can I stop bad breath?
Some different factors can cause bad breath, however, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the problem.
One thing is to use mouthwash each time you brush your teeth. This can help in washing away more of the bacteria that could be causing the bad breath. Along with that, using a tongue scraper can get rid of the bacteria that become built-up on a person’s tongue and can be the culprit for bad breath.
5. Is flossing that important?
In short? Yes! Because a toothbrush can only get to specific areas of the mouth, floss is the solution to reach between teeth and knock loose particles that can quickly begin the formation of tooth decay and cause cavities.
6. Are all the oral hygiene products needed?
As far as the basics of toothpaste, yes. However, other products that are marketed to customers are not necessarily harmful, but they are not required. Having a good toothpaste with fluoride and mouth wash can be just as beneficial as having a medicine cabinet full of oral hygiene products and gizmos.
Have more questions about oral hygiene and best practices? Give us a call, and we can always answer any additional questions you may have. Our staff is happy to help guide patients on making the best decisions for their teeth and gums.
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