Oral hygiene refers to keeping the mouth, and particularly the teeth, clean and free of dental plaque. Daily oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing can prevent both caries and gingivitis. The above should be combined with a daily flouride mouthwash.
You are also advised to see your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning.
The practise of oral hygiene is important because it prevents the build up of dental plaque. Plaque causes the two most common diseases found in the mouth, dental decay and gum disease. The longer dental plaque is permitted to stick to he teeth, the greater is the risk of dental disease.
- Brushing and flossing will control plaque formation.
- Brush and floss twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime.
- Rinse daily with a fluoride mouthwash.
- Eating less refined sugar will reduce plaque formation.