What is good oral hygiene?

What is good oral hygiene?

Proper oral hygiene results in a mouth looking healthy and odor free.

This means:

  • clean teeth and free of food debris
  • pink gums that do not bleed when you brush and floss
  • bad breath that do not persist long

If you have pain or bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, or if bad breath persists long, see your dentist. Any of these signs may indicate a more serious problem.

Your dentist may indicate the techniques of maintaining good oral hygiene and can indicate areas requiring special attention during brushing and flossing.


How to achieve a correct oral hygiene?


Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only looks good, but also contribute to eating and speaking with ease. Good oral hygiene is important for general well-being of the body.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing helps prevent occurrence of the problems and prevents us from suffering and expenses, unless we come to treat diseases that were allowed to evolve.

Below is a list of simple steps to prevent the formation of dental caries, gum disease and other problems in the intervals between routine dental checks. These include:

  • Full brushing twice a day and flossing daily
  • A balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
  • Use of dental hygiene products with fluoride, including fluorinated toothpaste
  • Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash, recommended by your dentist
  • Ensure the intake of fluoridated water to children under 12 or a fluoride supplement if you live in an area where no fluoride is added to drinking water.

Correct brushing technique


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Angle the brush at 45º to the gum base and perform vertical movements from the gum to the tooth edge. Brush gently outer surface of each interior and occlusal tooth with movements back and forth. Carefully brush the tongue to remove bacteria and freshening the breath.
Correct technique of using dental floss
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Use about 45 cm floss, leaving 3-5 cm for actual work Carefully follow the shape of the tooth Clean under the gum base, while avoiding cutting the gums with floss.

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