What is good oral hygiene?
A person with good oral hygiene habits will have clean teeth without a bad smell. This means:
• Your teeth does not have food remained.
• The gum is pink and healthy – not damaged or bleeds when brushing or using dental floss.
• If your gum is damaged whilst using dental floss or brushing, or if you have a bad breath, please visit the dentist immediately to have your teeth taken care of.
• Dentists will explain in details how to take care of your teeth, remove the tartar and whiten your teeth, in order to help you to have a beautiful smile with healthy teeth.
How to have good oral hygiene?
• Brush your teeth carefully twice a day and use dental floss daily.
• Have a balanced diet and avoid junk food between meals.
• Use dental products that contain flour, including toothpaste.
• Use mouthwash liquid that contains flour.
Brush your teeth correctly
Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Use dental floss correctly
Cut off a section of floss about 45cm (18 inches) long. Wind it around the middle fingers of each hand.
Grip the floss with your thumb and forefinger of each hand so that the floss between your hands is about 2.5-5cm (1-2 inches) long. Pull it tight so you can insert the floss in a gap between two teeth.
Gently guide the floss up and down against the sides of the teeth and under the gumline. When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a C-shape against the tooth until you feel resistance.
Hold the floss against the tooth and gently scrape the side over it, away from the gum. This will help you to floss under the gumline without causing any damage.
Repeat this process for the next gap, along the side of the next tooth.
Make sure you floss between every single tooth. Working to a pattern round the whole of your mouth makes it less likely that you’ll miss out any teeth.
• Remember to floss the side of the teeth at the back of your mouth.