What are the Best Tips for Dental Hygiene?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen
Regular dental exams are a critical part of dental hygiene.
Regular dental exams are a critical part of dental hygiene.

Good dental hygiene habits are not only crucial to maintaining the appearance of one's teeth — they also can have a significant impact on a person's overall health. For many people, a daily dental hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing their teeth significantly reduces their chances of developing dental problems. Other considerations include regular visits to a dental office as well as paying attention to one's breath and appearance of one's teeth.

Chewing tobacco, which can cause dental hygiene problems.
Chewing tobacco, which can cause dental hygiene problems.

At minimum, children and adults should brush and floss their teeth once a day. While brushing and flossing may not be possible during the school or work day, individuals may want to keep a toothbrush or floss picks handy in case they have an opportunity to clean their teeth. Good dental hygiene can also help maintain the appearance of a healthy mouth.

Brush teeth at least twice a day.
Brush teeth at least twice a day.

Individuals who regularly drink red wine, coffee, or tea may find that these beverages stain their teeth. Tooth staining can be reduced by rinsing the mouth with clean water, or even brushing one's teeth, after drinking a stain-causing beverage. In addition, there are several over-the-counter teeth whitening and stain-removing products on the market that can help clean up yellowed or stained teeth.

Brushing teeth after consuming sticky, sugary foods is an example of good dental hygiene.
Brushing teeth after consuming sticky, sugary foods is an example of good dental hygiene.

Many people are concerned about bad breath, also known as halitosis. In some cases, people who practice good dental hygiene may struggle with this condition. While bad breath can be caused by eating specific foods, it can also be a symptom of a more serious dental or medical problem, such as gum disease, acid reflux, or sinus problems. If a halitosis sufferer finds that eliminating certain foods or increasing their brushing and flossing doesn't resolve the matter, they should make an appointment with their dentist. If the problem does not appear to be dental in nature, the dentist may refer the patient to a medical doctor who can perform his own examination to determine if there is a medical reason for the patient's halitosis.

Flossing should be done at least once a day.
Flossing should be done at least once a day.

It's generally recommended that people see a dental hygienist or dentist once every six months. The hygienist or dentist can examine one's mouth, teeth, and gums for any problems, including signs of gum disease, cavities, oral cancer. Dental hygienists can also perform a professional cleaning of the teeth, which may significantly improve their health and appearance. Individuals who want to maintain good dental hygiene but do not have the money to pay for regular dental care may be able to get free or discounted care through schools for dentists or dental hygienists.

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    • Regular dental exams are a critical part of dental hygiene.
      By: Sergey
      Regular dental exams are a critical part of dental hygiene.
    • Chewing tobacco, which can cause dental hygiene problems.
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      Chewing tobacco, which can cause dental hygiene problems.
    • Brush teeth at least twice a day.
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      Brush teeth at least twice a day.
    • Brushing teeth after consuming sticky, sugary foods is an example of good dental hygiene.
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      Brushing teeth after consuming sticky, sugary foods is an example of good dental hygiene.
    • Flossing should be done at least once a day.
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      Flossing should be done at least once a day.
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      Someone experiencing halitosis despite good dental hygiene should consult a dentist.
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      Mouthwash can help kill germs between dental cleanings.
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      Regular brushing is the most important part of dental hygiene.