The basics of Oral Hygiene

Posted By: Varun Sharma

This article will give you an overview of the crucial points about good oral care, for adults, children and elders.

For adults

No matter the age, sex and geographical location, oral care is something that need to be done correctly and efficiently. Teeth need a twice a day brushing for two minutes with a soft bristle toothbrush. Also, you need to floss daily and rinse with fluoridated mouthwash. A lot of people don’t brush their teeth for the recommended period or skip it entirely. Doing this will not keep your teeth strong and healthy. Also, some people scrub too hard and harm their teeth and gums, causing more problems. Scrubbing harder will not get the stuck food out from between your teeth.avenue 2

Also, some people forget to wait for 30 minutes after they brush their teeth and then consume foods and drinks that stain the teeth. Tea, coffee, sodas have the potential to affect the enamel layer of your teeth that is already more sensible from the brushing.  But if you wait for 30 minutes after you have brushed your teeth you preserve the health and color of your teeth for a longer period. In time, teeth will erode and decay, but with the help of your dentist, you can resolve these problems.

For children

You need to teach your kids early to brush their teeth. The best way to do that is with the power of example. Brush your teeth together with your child daily and show them the correct technique. Also, for children, there are numerous products that are designed especially for them, with cartoon characters, products that have unusual colors and taste like candy. Explain to you child the importance of having a healthy and equilibrated diet. What you eat is affecting the structure of your teeth and if you eat mostly fast food, the structure of the teeth will be weakened, and you will suffer from tooth erosion and cavities.

For elders

Elderly people have oral problems much more severe. Because of their immune system, they have greater chances of suffering from oral infections. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection. That is why, older people need to take extra good care of their teeth and gums. Never to forget to brush twice daily and use string floss and mouthwash. They also need to have an equilibrated diet and consume lots and lots of vegetables. Elders also need to consume fewer meats and dairy products. This way, they maintain a good general and oral health.

No matter what age you are, taking care of your teeth is essential.