Tips For Good Dental Hygiene

The health of our teeth, and by extension of our mouth, has a direct relationship with a routine Dental Hygiene routine. There is no use brushing our teeth, for example, after every meal if we do it incorrectly or incompletely. The dentists at the Maria Gomez Palacios de Carty Dental Clinic (Huelva) can help you understand the best way to do it. While you decide to make your appointment, we leave you a list of useful tips so that you can start to improve your dental hygiene now.

What is dental hygiene?

It is about raising awareness for the daily practice of keeping the mouth clean and healthy to prevent dental diseases or dental pathologies such as gingivitiscavities, or periodontitis. The main goal of the routines we recommend is to prevent plaque build-up on your teeth, as well as other related conditions.

We have been treating this type of pathology in our patients from Carty, El Romped, and Nuevo Portal for more than ten years, so we have a precise knowledge of how the conditions of our closest environment (environmental, geographical, and social) affect in these cases. Therefore, we have a list of frequent tips that you should take into account to substantially improve your dental hygiene.

Recommendations for proper dental hygiene

At the Maria Gomez Palacios de Carty Dental Clinic (Huelva), we offer you these eight simple tips to ensure optimal dental hygiene:

Brush your teeth at least-three times a day. A daily brushing duration of 2 minutes, if the gums are healthy, promise proper hygiene.

The manual toothbrushes provide good results if used correctly. In the same way, electric toothbrushes can achieve the same results effortlessly. 

Use brushes with medium bristles, as stiff bristles can wear down the enamel in the long run. It also uses brushes with a small head to facilitate access to more difficult areas.

Brushing improves hygiene if we do it from the gum to the tooth; that is, we place the brush on the gum and move it towards the tooth.

Do not forget that cleaning the teeth is not exclusive to its visible outer surface. A significant part of the conditions begins in the interdental spaces, where bacteria accumulate. Therefore, it is necessary to additionally use an interdental brush or dental floss.

Another important element of oral hygiene is the tongue, an organ that most people forget about. Its outer surface is also covered in bacteria that can contribute to other conditions such as bad breath. Although there are specific devices for cleaning it, you can use your own toothbrush without problems.

We don’t recommend using a mouthwash. Antiseptic mouthwashes are a bad idea for daily treatments if they are not prescribed by the dentist for specific cases of dental hygiene.

The irrigator’s mouth is not enough to dislodge plaque and in no case be replaced in daily practice toothbrush. However, at the Maria Gomez Palacios de Carty Dental Clinic (Huelva), we recommend they eliminate food remains during implant treatments, dental prosthesesorthodontics, and other very specific cases in specific patients.

Optimal tooth brushing

As we have seen, domestic oral hygiene inexorably involves the correct use of daily brushing.

Let’s see in a little more depth how to do it to get the best results:

Apply the brushing with movements that are not aggressive so that the bristles travel throughout the mouth, avoiding damaging the gums. The optimal way-to do this is by projecting the bristles of the brush at a 45-degree angle between the gum and the tooth.

Mentally program a brushing tour and apply it at each session, for example, external surfaces, internal faces, bites, and tongue.

As we have seen, in-the case of the tongue, you can use tongue cleaners, although a routine brushing of its upper surface may be sufficient.

Interdental hygiene

In this case, we recommend the use of dental floss, which we must use at least once a day.

Its daily use can help prevent gingival affections by eliminating food debris and bacterial plaque.

At the María Gómez Palacios de Carty Dental Clinic (Huelva), we explain how to use it correctly:

Wind most of the thread (about 45cm) around the third finger of the hand.

Hold a segment of string (about 2.5cm) between the thumb and forefinger of each hand.

Insert the floss between-each pair of teeth and gently roll it up and down several times, making sure that it rubs the interdental surface of each tooth.

Sometimes we get inquiries about what type of thread to use: waxed, flavored, etc. In these cases, it is a purely personal choice since the functionality of the instrument depends more on the technique of use than on the nature of the thread. Try several types and stick with the one you feel most comfortable with.