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    What Does Oral Hygiene Mean?

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    What is Oral Hygiene? 

    Oral hygiene is the aspect of dental care which covers keeping your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible and free of disease.  Regular brushing and flossing daily to clean in between your teeth helps to ensure your smile will last a lifetime. 

    Good oral hygiene cannot be over exaggerated as the biggest cause of tooth loss in Dublin is gum disease. It’s also know that gum disease is mostly preventable with a good hygiene regime.  It can also help to prevent bad breath, gingivitis and periodontitis.

    To help maintain your oral health between visits to your dentist and dental hygienist we would recommend brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time, using a fluoride toothpaste.  Also use floss on inter-dental sticks once a day to help clean in between your teeth, where your toothbrush just can’t fit.

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    How does a tooth brush help oral hygiene?

    Your toothbrush really only cleans about 50% of your tooth surface area. If you use floss or inter-dental sticks, you can clean the parts the toothbrush is missing.  It can be tricky getting to grips with floss so next time you visit the dentist or hygienist why not double check with them that you are using it correctly.  If you’re struggling to use floss effectively they may be able to recommend an alternative which will make it easier for you to keep a good level of oral hygiene.

    Don’t be fooled that if your teeth are white and straight you’ve got great oral health.  Although they make look fantastic without an excellent daily oral hygiene regime there may well be oral health problems lurking under the surface.  Likewise just because teeth are crooked or yellowing it doesn’t mean that there are poor levels of oral hygiene.