Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, bad breath, and other dental disorders. Oral hygiene consists of both personal and professional care.

Careful and frequent brushing with a toothbrush and the use of dental floss help to prevent build-up of plaque bacteria on the teeth. These bacteria metabolise carbohydrates in our meals and snacks and excrete acid which demineralizes tooth enamel, eventually leading to tooth decay and toothache if acid episodes are frequent or are not prevented. Frequent brushing and swishing saliva around helps prevent tartar deposits. Almost all cavities occur where food is trapped between teeth and inside deep pits and fissures in grooves on chewing surfaces where the brush, toothpaste, mouthwash, saliva and chewing gum, cannot reach.

When you have an orthodontic appliance, there are many more places that food can get caught. You will need to clean more often to keep your teeth and orthodontic equipment in good shape.