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
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
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:
- Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- Clean the chewing surfaces
- For fresher breath, be sure to brush your 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.