What are good oral hygiene habits?

What are good oral hygiene habits?

No one wants to go through dental pain or other oral health issues and there's a lot we can do at home to prevent them. Poor dental hygiene is one of the primary causes of tooth decay, so by following a good oral care routine you can avoid a lot of dental issues in the long run.

Here's what you need to know:

The problem with plaque

Plaque is a sticky substance made of bacteria and sugars that builds up on your teeth. Left unchecked, it can harden into tartar that can lead to gum disease or metabolize sugars to produce acids that can lead to tooth decay. This is why it's so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to visit your dentist regularly.

Get the right tools

Having the right toothbrush and toothpaste makes a big difference. Get a soft or medium bristled toothbrush with a head that fits comfortably in your mouth and allows you to reach all the areas of your teeth. Be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride which helps prevent tooth decay. All of Pepsodent toothpastes contain fluoride to protect your teeth.

Perfect your technique

Use small, gentle back-and-forth motions, remembering to cover every surface of every tooth. Take your time: brushing your teeth should take at least two minutes, three is even better. 

When you're in a hurry in the morning or feeling exhausted in the evening, it's easy to neglect your routine. But if you make an effort to practice good oral hygiene every day, you'll be able to enjoy healthier and happier smiles for decades to come.

Remember to floss

Even the best brushing technique won't reach the small areas between your teeth. That's why flossing once a day is so crucial.

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Flossing is essential for good oral hygiene. Even the best brushing technique won’t reach the small areas between your teeth.

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