It is necessary to practice good oral hygiene every day in order to keep your mouth clean. Plaque, which is bacteria living in your mouth, can destroy healthy teeth, causing cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal gum disease. Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth in places where toothbrushes aren’t always able to reach. Sugar is an obvious source of plaque, but starches like bread, crackers and cereal, can cause acids to form on your teeth. Plaque can also irritate the gums, making them red and irritated which can cause bleeding of the gums. This may lead to ginginvitis and gum disease.
The best way to remove plaque is by brushing and cleaning your teeth at least once a day. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled brush, is even a better oral hygiene practice and will remove the plaque from the tooth surfaces. Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gums and clean by moving it back and forth gently with short wide strokes. By using an antimicrobial toothpaste containing fluoride, you will protect your healthy teeth from decay. Flossing and brushing of your tongue to remove bacteria is also recommended on a daily basis. A mouth rinse can increase the cleanliness of your mouth. Antimicrobial mouth rinses will reduce plaque activity and bacteria, which have a tendency to cause gum disease.
By using mouth rinses that contain fluoride, you will also help you to prevent decay of your healthy teeth. For good oral hygiene you should always talk to your dentist about any new products that you might be interested in using. Fluoride mouth rinses are not for everyone. Children under the age of six should never be allowed to use it as they may swallow it. Always follow the manufacturers recommendation and talk with your dentist before trying out new products.
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