Other Things That Matter Beyond Brushing & Flossing – Part One

Good Oral Hygiene Routine

While most people know that brushing and flossing every day are part of a good oral hygiene routine, there are other details that may seem insignificant but are part and parcel of keeping teeth and gums healthy. We ought to be aware about these ‘little things.’ Here’s what we’re talking about.

Healthy Tongue

You have to keep your tongue healthy, too. The tongue must be one of the filthiest places. It is a reservoir for food debris, bacteria and cells of all types. If debris is allowed to build up on your tongue, it may alter your sense of taste, cause a foul smelling odor, and may lead to development of cavities on teeth, as well gingivitis of the gums. Clean your gums regularly by brushing; you can use the same toothbrush. Or you can use a tongue scraper, which is also commercially available.

Are you using the right toothbrush type?

Because it matters. There are so many types, but some are better than others. Use one with a small head that can comfortably reach your back teeth. They must have soft bristles; don’t go for the hard-bristled brushes because they can scrape enamel off your teeth and hurt your soft gums as well. Electric toothbrushes are even better. With thousands of oscillations per minute, they clean more effectively. They are safe and convenient to use, and can warn you if you are brushing too hard. When shopping for toothbrushes, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.