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.

 

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 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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