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10 Easy Oral Hygiene tips to save your smile

Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  / Dec 30, 2020 / No Comment 
Oral Hygiene Tips

Oral Hygiene Tips - Protected Health

In this Oral Hygiene tips blog, we will go through some dental commandments. That we live by if you want to have a happy and healthy mouth! Remember, your teeth are important but don't forget your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth. Read about the Oral Hygiene routine for children here.

Types of oral hygiene: Cavities (tooth decay), gum disease (periodontal disease). And oral cancer is the most frequent disorder that affects our oral health.

- Brush to Your Hearts Content - Teeth and Gums

Dental tips of the day: You probably didn't know this, but a technique is involved when brushing your teeth correctly. First, you need to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums which means the bristles are on both gum and teeth.

Next, brush your teeth back and forth, up and down in short strokes. Many people forget to brush on the inner surfaces of their teeth, so repeat this process for outer and inner! The next step, brush that tongue and the roof of your mouth!

We always get lots of complaints about bad breath. We can't recommend enough how important it is to get rid of the bacteria on your tongue. Which leads to bad breath. They even have super cool toothbrushes out there with a tongue scraper on the reverse side of the bristles.

Be gentle when brushing. And brush once in the morning and once in the evening for a minimum of two minutes each time.

- Flossy Floss - Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

We admit it too, sometimes we're just too tired to add this to our daily routine. For example, after brushing, once you realise how many germs are still in between your teeth after brushing, it'll freak you out.

Do you really want food particles from last week still stuck in your mouth? This is a contributing factor to bad breath too. Enough said, we've converted and vow to floss even on our death bed when we have one tooth left.

How to floss? When using floss, we suggest using a fresh piece of floss every two to three teeth. So that you're not using one that has bacteria and spreading it from tooth to tooth.
Floss in a back and forth motion and flossing once a day at night is ideal. Don't forget flossing decreases tartar build-up and gum disease.

- Cheers to Mouthwash - Care of Your Teeth

Adding this to your oral health routine will reap benefits. Mouthwash goes where no toothbrush or floss dare goes. It gets rid of bacteria on the gum line that's causes gingivitis. It also keeps your teeth safe from plaque and cavities!

The four-letter word…DIET

We hate to mention the 'D-word, but we have to go there. What you put into your body really does affect your teeth. Limit sugary foods and soft drinks. Because this turns into acid inside your mouth and attacks tooth enamel.

Which eventually turns into cavities! Acidic foods also attack the teeth and cause tooth discolouration, sensitivity and cracks.
So you're probably asking yourself exactly which foods and drinks are the ones to blame?

Things to avoid are tobacco, coffee, soft drinks, cordial, wine, sports drinks and fruit juices, to name a few. We know it's boring, but drinking water hydrates the body and helps build tooth enamel.

Last but not least, visit a Dentist in Melbourne at Gorgeous Smiles every six months for your check-up and clean. This will just increase your oral health and prevent any further problems. Prevention is the key to a happy, healthy mouth.

Your dentist can fix the problem, but it really comes down to you doing the hard work in-between visits. Which will help over the long run.

Oral Hygiene Instructions

If you look forward to having healthy teeth, you should brush and floss them at least twice a day. And plan regular dental appointments every six months.
Today we have some excellent advice for you here, and they are listed as below:


One of the easiest and most innovative ways to keep your teeth healthy is changing your toothbrush more often. However, there is another reason beyond the bristles fraying.

Many bacteria will trap on the hairs of our toothbrush after brushing. Make sure to store the toothbrush upright to letting it dry otherwise, it gets smelly soon. You should still remember to replace your bristles 2-3 times a year.

Oral Hygiene Tips: TONGUE SCRAPER

The tongue has one of the most essential roles in oral freshness. This is because the same bacteria on your tooth can stay on your tongue too. So it's the best way to use a tongue scraper or even use your regular toothbrush to clean your tongue. And then you can feel your mouth feels fresher.

Oral Hygiene Tips: DON'T BRUSH TOO HARD

You Don't Need to brush too hard to get rid of those food particles and plaques on your teeth. Because there is a considerable risk that you are moving tooth enamel.
This part is the first layer of the tooth that defends against decay. You can use soft bristles to prevent your enamel from scraping and your gum from receding.


Some foods are the enemy of the teeth, like sugar, carbs, and acidic and fizzy drinks, which makes tooth erosion. Instead, you can have some foods that actually help your teeth.

You can add cheese, yoghurt, vegetables like carrots, celery, and almond nuts to your diet. By scrubbing vegetables like carrots, you will prevent gum disease. Remineralising your tooth enamel and balancing your mouth PH.

Book an appointment with our Dentists in Melbourne at Gorgeous Smiles to treat all your oral health problems.

Tips to make you keep smiling

Most people know that brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining healthy gums and teeth. However, some people do not realise that they need to brush and floss their teeth after having a meal. Especially if they have not eaten any food for an extended period.
Oral Hygiene tips for those who want to maintain a healthy smile and regular visits to the dentist are essential. Unfortunately, gum disease is becoming a bigger problem, with many people brushing their teeth incorrectly.

What is the best toothbrush for your oral hygiene?

The toothbrush is one of the most essential tools in your arsenal to fight plaque and get your teeth healthy. However, the best toothbrush for your oral hygiene depends on your oral health needs.

Oral Hygiene Tips :

1. Brush with a soft bristle toothbrush. Using medium or hard-bristle toothbrushes does not make the plaque removal process more successful. Instead, it just hurts your gum. The main reason for gum recession early in life is brushing too hard.

You are not in control of your brushing and the energy you put in on it. So we recommend using a soft toothbrush to never hurt your gum.

2. First, have your breakfast and then brush your teeth; we always come across the question of "do I brush before breakfast or after?" After removing any food particle, our answer is that there is no point in brushing and eating right away.

You might ask, but how about all the bacteria build-up during the night? Wouldn't I be taking it all in? A simple rinse will eliminate anything extra, and your own body's bacteria is not harmful to you.

3. Change your toothbrush regularly. Toothbrushes can contain a lot of bacteria after a while. And their work can be compromised if the bristles are deformed. So we recommend changing your toothbrush on average every 3 months.

4. You need to brush for at least two minutes right before bed. This is because the amount of saliva production is much less at night. And as saliva protects your teeth at all times against bacteria. Your teeth are at much greater risk at night, so even if you brush once a day, do it before bed.

5. Brush light; we already talked about brushing with a soft toothbrush. Too much pressure can cause your gum to recede.

Oral Hygiene Tips - Floss at least once a day

The most common advice is to use dental floss, but is it enough? Unfortunately, not all dental floss is created equal, so what is the best kind to use?
Do you know what's excellent about flossing? There's not much you have to do to it, and when you do, it's straightforward. In addition, flossing helps remove plaque from your teeth, leading to gum disease. And, it will keep your teeth looking great for a long time.

6. Floss first and then brush, not reverse. Usually, everyone flosses last. But by flossing first, you will get rid of all the food particles between teeth.

7. Floss at least once a day. NO, flossing 3 times per week or every couple of days is not enough. Flossing is like going to the gym regularly. Once you get used to the fantastic feeling that comes after it, you cannot stop doing it.

8. Any kind of floss is better than not flossing at all... Pick the one you are comfortable with. No matter what type of floss you use, it does not make much difference. Use it every night.

9. Massage your gum. Use your finger to massage. It makes your gum stronger.

10. Brush your tongue too!!! Do you know how many food particles will be left in between the tongue's papillae? Food and eventually bacteria can harm your teeth at night just by being left on the tongue. Brush your tongue gently. No toothpaste is needed.


Author Minoo GhamariAuthor: Dr Minoo Ghamari

Gorgeous Smiles Dental Principal Dentist

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