Good oral hygiene is a key part in preventing serious dental problems. Bacteria can live in your mouth in the form of plaque, causing cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. In order to keep your mouth clean and healthy, you must practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis.
The American Dental Association recommends the following techniques for brushing and flossing:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums
- Brush for approximately 2 minutes after each meal
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath
- Break off approximately 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.