Since before recorded history, a variety of oral hygiene 

measures have been used for teeth cleaning.

This has been verified by various excavations done

 all over the world, in which chewsticks, tree twigs

bird feathers, animal bones, and porcupine quills 

were recovered. 

Many people used different forms of teeth cleaning tools. 

Indian medicine (Ayurveda) has used the neem tree

(a.k.a. daatun) and its products to create teeth cleaning 

twigs and similar products for millennia. 

A person chews one end of the neem twig until it 

somewhat resembles the bristles of a toothbrush, and 

then uses it to brush the teeth. 

In the Muslim world, the miswak, or siwak,made from a 

twig or root with antiseptic properties has been 

widely used since the Islamic Golden Age.


Rubbing baking soda or chalk and against the teeth 

was also common.

Although most people are aware of the reasons behind

proper, daily tooth brushing, few people realize that clean

eeth and healthy gums can protect against a wide variety 

of other general, even life-threatening, health problems!

Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums 

is a worthy goal in and of itself. 

Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent 

bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—

and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.

Here are some dental hygiene tips to ensure that you 

always you maintain good healthy, white teeth.

  • Brush your mouth properly.

  • Floss regularly. 

  • Ensure that your diet is teeth-friendly.

  • Limit intake of sodas and alcohol.

  • Visit the dentist regularly. 

An accumulation of food debris and subsequent bacteria 

in the mouth is going to result in bad breath. 

Preventing bacteria build up with regular brushing is key 

for maintaining fresh breath and preventing halitosis.

According to Wikipedia, halitosis,

or most commonly bad breath

are terms used to describe noticeably

unpleasant odors exhaled in breathing

whether the smell is from an oral source

due to bacteria or otherwise.

 Halitosis has a significant impact

personally and socially

  on those who suffer from it or believe

they do (halitophobia), and is estimated

to be the third most frequent reason 

for seeking dental aid, following

tooth decay and periodontal disease.

By cleaning the tongue more thoroughly and using a 

tongue scraper or brush... 

we can get rid of halitosis and cure bad breath. 

What causes cavities?

The bacteria in our mouth turn them into acids. The 

bacteria, acid, food debris, and our saliva combine to form 

plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque 

dissolve the enamel, creating holes called cavities.

According to most oral hygiene professionals, 

the primary teeth are essential tools 

for chewing and learning to talk.


The teeth help to break up food into small pieces, 

ensuring efficient digestion.


A full set of teeth is an essential prerequisite 

in learning correct pronunciation. 

Parents, as consistent role models, 

are key for setting a daily routine 

and to making their children understand 

the importance of oral hygiene. 

Toothbrushing should be presented as a habit 

and an integral part of the daily hygiene routine. 

Children are very sensitive to social stimuli 

such as praise and affection, 

and learn best by imitating their parents.

Primary teeth play a vital role 

in the proper alignment and spacing of permanent teeth; 

it is therefore imperative that they are well cared for 

and preserved until normal ex-foliation takes place.

Establishing a proper oral care routine early on in life 

sets the foundation for the development of 

healthy and strong permanent teeth.

 It takes two minutes to properly brush your teeth. 

That's right, 120 seconds! 

 A lot of adults don't come close 

to brushing their teeth for that long. 

To find out if you meet the two minutes you need, 

try using a stopwatch. 

Carefully brush your teeth by using short, gentle strokes,

paying extra attention to the gum line, 

hard-to-reach back teeth and

areas around fillings, crowns or other restorations.

 Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  1. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  2. Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  3. Clean the chewing surfaces
  4. For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue.

Cleaning the tongue 

as part of the daily oral hygiene

is essential. It removes the white/yellow

bad-breath-generating coating of bacteria,

decaying food particles, fungi (such as Candida),

and dead cells from the dorsal area of tongue.

Tongue cleaning also removes some of the bacteria 

species which generate tooth decay and gum problems.


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