Oral hygiene is a key part of a healthy daily routine. Keeping your mouth clean and healthy will be massively rewarding, preventing you from severe conditions which can cause intense pain, huge dentist bills, loss of teeth or chewing ability and in severe conditions, poor oral hygiene can even lead to fatal infections. While basic oral hygiene skills and dental care, like brushing the teeth, is something taught to most of us from a very young age, there are a few details rarely passed on and some more recent developments which have opened up new tools to use in the quest for a clean mouth.

Sonicare2_largeA Closer Look At Brushing

The function of a tooth brush is to dislodged plaque and gunk like food particles from the teeth. This is essential because the presence of sugars, acids, and other compounds found in food can lead to the breakdown of enamel and erosion of teeth, resulting in cavities, bacterial infections and other problems. While pretty much everyone is familiar with basic brushing, there are plenty who don't give this everyday action the respect, attention or devotion it deserves.

When brushing, it is essential to reach every surface of the tooth available. Brushing should be gentle, using only a small amount of force and pressure. If too much pressure is applied, brushing has the potential to wear away enamel or damage the tissue of the gum. Several electric toothbrushes incorporate pressure sensors to alert the user if they are brushing too hard. These devices also help enforce the dentist recommended 2 minute brush time by providing a handy timer. It is recommended that at least 2 minutes a day is devoted to brushing, dividing 30 seconds between each of the mouths four sections or sides.

In general electric toothbrushes, even if they don't have these fancy features, are far more effective at removing plaque and cleaning the mouth than standard manual toothbrushes. With a wide variety of different brush head styles and brushing modes available, they are also capable of providing a more in-depth and long-lasting clean.

Flossing

Flossing is one of the most essential yet oft-overlooked dental hygiene habits. Spending a few minutes flossing each day can seriously reduce risk of cavities and other issues. It dislodges plaque and debris which have worked their way in between the teeth and otherwise would not be removed.

There are certain electric toothbrush heads which feature some “interdental” action, which provides some flossing mechanism while brushing. However, this should not be used as a complete replacement for flossing, though it may get the teeth cleaner compared to a normal brushing routine.

Mouthwashes

Mouthwash is not a complete solution for oral hygiene, although it can help. Mouth wash does little to dislodged any stuck-on plaque or gunk, but is highly effective at killing bacteria. It can also be useful for getting small debris out from the teeth.

Oil Pulling And Alternative Methods

There are also a variety of solutions from the alternative medicine community and other sources. One method which has recently found some popularity is Oil Pulling, where an oil such as coconut oil or olive oil is held in the mouth to help remove plaque or debris from the mouth. While not a substitute for brushing or flossing, and yet to be extensively studied scientifically, the practice has become popular and reputed to improve oral health.

Take you pick!