How to Evaluate Your Oral Hygiene Habits

Time and time again the fact that oral hygiene is important is stressed by dentists, doctors, and pretty much everyone else out there too. But how do you know if your oral hygiene habits are cutting it?

The one surefire way to evaluate your oral hygiene habits is to visit a dentist and ask them. By getting help from a dentist you can be assured that you’ll be getting all the advice that you need – but if you want to evaluate your oral hygiene habits right here and right now then you should go over each and every aspect of it.

• Brushing and flossing
When it comes to brushing and flossing, the standard that is recommended is to brush twice a day, and floss at least once a day too. However it is worth noting that brushing thrice and flossing twice is even better – so if you can do that, great.

Apart from the frequency, the real concern with brushing and flossing is the technique that you’re using and how thoroughly you’re cleaning your teeth. That part is a bit harder to evaluate, but one way of doing so is to take the time after brushing and flossing to try to find any food particles or plaque that is left on your teeth.

• Regular dental checkups
Part of good oral hygiene habits is going to the dentist at least once every six months – so if you’re doing that, great. If not then you should really start, and your first trip can coincide with this oral hygiene evaluation so that you can get a good idea of what else you need to improve.

• Nutrition and diet
Is your diet balanced and are you getting sufficient calcium as well as Vitamin C and D? Having a balanced diet can help you to avoid many dental issues, and if you aren’t getting enough nutrition you need to seriously consider taking supplements.

• Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash is advisable particularly if you aren’t getting fluoride from any other sources (i.e. tap water). Considering many people nowadays are drinking bottled water there’s often insufficient fluoride being provided, and that can be a big deal.
Now that you know how to evaluate your oral hygiene on a rough basis, it is up to you to take the next step and visit a dentist to get a better picture of what’s going on in your mouth. Try the Hampshire dentist at Whites Dental Care, Hoe Road, Bishops Waltham, Hants, SO32 1DS if you want some advice on which areas of your oral hygiene could be improved and how to go about doing so to avoid any issues from coming up.

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