The fact that oral hygiene is important is without question, especially seeing as nowadays the connection between various dental conditions as well as other serious medical conditions is pretty widely known. Unfortunately when many people think of oral hygiene however, they still end up feeling that some parts are more important than others – hence the question: What is the most important part of oral hygiene?
In all honestly, oral hygiene essentially encompasses all efforts to help your mouth be as ‘clean’ as possible. Often this can cause a bit of confusion seeing as while things like brushing and flossing involve ‘cleaning’ your mouth and teeth, other things associated with oral hygiene such as consuming sufficient nutrients seem to be less connected.
When you boil it down however, oral hygiene is really all to do with preventing the acid in your mouth from causing issues such as cavities, gum disease, and so on. The fact that the acid is generated in the first place is a natural occurrence, however when plaque is allowed to build up and too much acid is generated – that’s a problem.
However there isn’t one ‘part’ of oral hygiene that can fix this. Brushing and flossing to help get rid of bits of food and plaque is important – true, but so too is ensuring that your teeth have the nutrients that they need, and fluoride to help rebuild your enamel. At the same time, visiting the dentist regularly is also an important part of oral hygiene because it will provide a sort of check and balance so that you can identify and react to any issues.
Long story short, there is no ‘most important’ part of oral hygiene. Trying to prioritize one set of actions over the others is ultimately futile and you should be looking at oral hygiene as a whole instead of isolating it into parts. Start by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, thoroughly, and then be sure to also visit your dentist at least once every six months, eat a balanced diet with the nutrients your body needs, and also use toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride in it.
Assuming you want more specific advice on where your current oral hygiene is lacking, then make it a point to ask your dentist at your next appointment – or sooner. Assuming you’re in the area then the dentist in Tewskesbury at the Tewkesbury Dental, 11 Barton Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5PP is probably a good first stop as you’ll be able to get all the advice and help that you need when it comes to oral hygiene and dental treatments in general.