Oral Health Instruction

Maintaining proper dental hygiene is crucial for the health and well-being of your teeth and gums. This information sheet provides you with essential guidelines and tips to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

  • Brushing Techniques:
    • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed.
    • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
    • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line.
    • Use gentle, circular motions to clean the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
    • Don't forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Flossing:
    • Floss your teeth once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
    • Take about 18 inches of dental floss and wind it around your middle fingers, leaving a few inches of floss to work with.
    • Gently insert the floss between your teeth, curving it into a C shape against one tooth.
    • Slide the floss up and down, following the curve of each tooth and reaching below the gum line.
  • Mouthwash:
    • Consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing and flossing.
    • Mouthwash helps reduce plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath.
    • Choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride and no alcohol. 
  • Healthy Diet:
    • Limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay.
    • Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products in your diet.
    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and maintain saliva production, which helps protect your teeth.
    • Regular Dental
  • Check-ups:
    • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your dentist, ideally every six months.
    • Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup that cannot be eliminated by regular brushing and flossing.
    • Dental exams allow your dentist to detect early signs of dental problems and provide necessary treatments.
  • Dental Care for Children:
    • Start cleaning your child's mouth even before the eruption of the first tooth. Wipe their gums with a soft, damp cloth.
    • Once teeth appear, brush them gently with a child-sized toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
    • Encourage your child to develop good dental habits from an early age and supervise their brushing until they can do it effectively on their own.
  • Additional Tips:
    • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
    • Avoid tobacco use, as it can lead to oral cancer, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
    • If you participate in sports or activities with a risk of dental injury, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.

Remember, proper dental hygiene not only helps prevent dental issues like cavities and gum disease but also contributes to your overall health. If you have any specific concerns or questions about your dental care, don't hesitate to consult your dentist.



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