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Most of us know that regular, biannual dentist appointments are incredibly essential to maintain a healthy mouth. Cleaning and service every six months, however, cannot alone ensure perfect oral health. Being religious about your daily hygiene, in conjunction with professional cleanings, is absolutely necessary to avoid periodontal disease. In the developed world, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. We would prefer you help us remove the plaque and leave yourself with a sparkly white smile! You can do that with the assistance of oral hygiene aids at home.

Dental Floss

Floss is an interdental and subgingival cleaner. This means it cleans in between teeth and below the gums. Consisting of flavored nylon or polyethylene, floss is charged with removing food and plaque in these areas. Users must be careful to not aggravate the gums too heavily, as it can lead to tenderness and bleeding. Flossing should be take place twice a day, after brushing.

Interdental Brushes

Used as a supplement for dental floss, these small, Christmas-tree looking brushes also aid in gum care. These are pain-free to use and are very effective when it comes to cleaning grooves on rough enamel.

Mouth Rinses

Also known as mouthwash, rinses are categorized into cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic types are available over the counter and are largely relied upon to cure bad breath. Its effectiveness in eliminating plaque, however, comes into question. Therapeutic rinses are regulated by the American Dental Association and contain active ingredients for fighting cavities. Rinses should be used after brushing.

Oral Irrigators

The goal of oral irrigators is to clean debris below the gum line. Products such as Water Jets or Waterpiks actively spray water from mini jets into gum pockets. This aids in the removal of bacteria and food particles in that region, with the hope of lowering gum disease risk. Oral irrigators should be added to a regimen of brushing and floss

Tongue Cleaner

Tongue cleaning apparati are made of wood, metal or plastic. Using a tongue cleaner before brushing will remove bacteria, food and fungi from the tongue, barring it from ingestion. Consistent efforts can also reduce halitosis (bad breath) and systemic diseases.

Toothbrush

Walk through the aisles of a drug store and toothbrushes will be lined up from one end to other. Though there are many different types, electric toothbrushes are the most highly recommended by dentists. The rotary motion is most effective in the removal of material adhered to the teeth. Soft bristles are also preferable to stiff.

Manual toothbrushes can produce very similar results, but much more effort will be required. Manual toothbrushes need to be replaced every three months, as the bristles become too damaged to perform properly. Regardless, make sure the toothbrush is ADA approved. Comprehensive brushing should occur after each meal or at least twice a day.

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