Oral Health & Hygiene

Dental Care Guide

Dental Care Guide
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16 May

In order to have healthy teeth, dental care must be performed regularly and completely.

Brushing and flossing and gargling are essential parts of a good dental routine. However, it is necessary to pay attention to other points that will help protect the health of teeth and gums.

The first step in keeping teeth clean and healthy is regular maintenance. Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day helps keep plaque away. Care must be taken to use the correct techniques to ensure that the teeth are cleaned properly and that the surrounding soft tissues are not damaged.

In addition, dental floss should be used every night to clean the areas where toothbrushes cannot reach. Otherwise, small food particles or other residues that the toothbrush cannot clean can cause cavities. Therefore, dental floss should be used regularly. On the other hand, it should be taken into account that brushing the teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can damage the gums and tooth enamel.

Plaques can accumulate on the tongue as well as on the teeth. This does not only cause bad breath. It can also lead to some different oral health problems. For this reason, the necessity of brushing the tongue gently when brushing the teeth should not be ignored.

Replacing the toothbrush every 3 to 6 months is essential for proper cleaning of the teeth. As a result of the toothbrush being deformed, damaged or worn, the surface of the teeth may not be cleaned properly and damage to the gums may occur. The toothbrush should be thoroughly rinsed, allowed to dry, and in case of illness, the toothbrush should be replaced to prevent bacteria from re-entering the mouth.

Don't Neglect Your Routine Dentist Checkups

Going to routine dental check-ups can prevent or detect early tooth and gum problems. Regular dental visits as well as thorough professional dental cleanings twice a year can help keep teeth and gums healthy and eliminate plaque and tartar buildup.

Avoiding sugary foods and drinks, in addition to including foods high in calcium content in the diet, is one of the elements that helps support strong and healthy teeth. Foods that will strengthen the teeth include green leafy vegetables, yogurt, cheese and almonds.

Although brushing and flossing is considered the key to dental health, it may be beneficial to add some to your oral and dental care routine. These include mouthwash, interdental cleaner, tongue cleaner and mouthwash. Such products, which help support oral and dental health, should be made a part of the dental care routine along with regular tooth brushing and flossing.

Oral and Dental Health is an Important Part of General Health

Adequate hydration is very important not only for general health, but also for oral and dental health. Having an adequate amount of hydration not only helps to maintain a healthy salivary flow, but also contributes to the protection of oral and dental health by ensuring that the saliva food particles are easily moved in the mouth. Saliva prevents most of the food waste from settling on the teeth where bacteria can thrive. Therefore, adequate care should be taken in hydration.

Smoking can cause serious health problems such as gum disease and oral cancer, which can even cause tooth loss, as well as aesthetic problems such as staining on the teeth. One of the best steps to take for oral and dental health is to quit smoking.

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