Taking care of our dental hygiene is something that we often overlook in our daily lives. We brush our teeth quickly in the morning and sometimes forget to floss before bed, thinking it’s not a big deal. However, poor dental hygiene can lead to serious problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. In addition, it is dental hygienist month, and what better way is there for us to celebrate than by sharing our knowledge with you on dental hygiene. 

So, let’s dive in and learn how to keep our teeth and gums healthy and happy!  


Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good dental hygiene. Here are some tips for brushing your teeth effectively: 

  • Use the right toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head to reach all areas of your mouth. 
  • Follow the right technique by holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush in a circular motion. Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces. 
  • Brush for at least two minutes twice a day. 


Flossing is just as important as brushing for maintaining good dental hygiene, which includes: 

  • Choose the right floss that is comfortable for you to use, whether waxed or unwaxed. 
  • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and slide it gently between your teeth. Curve the floss around each tooth and use a back-and-forth motion to remove plaque and food particles. 
  • Floss regularly, at least once a day, preferably before bed. 


Mouthwash can be a helpful addition to your dental hygiene routine, but it’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing. Tips to effectively use mouthwash: 

  • Opt for a mouthwash that is designed for your specific needs, whether it’s for freshening breath, fighting cavities, or reducing plaque. 
  • Pour the recommended amount of mouthwash into a cup and swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds to one minute. 
  • Use mouthwash after brushing and flossing or at another time of day that works for you. 


What you eat and drink can greatly impact your dental hygiene. Here are some tips for maintaining a tooth-friendly diet: 

  • Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, leading to tooth decay and erosion. 
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. 
  • Drink plenty of water that helps rinse away food particles and keeps your mouth hydrated. 


Maintaining good dental hygiene is essential for your overall health and well-being. Following these best practices and instructions can keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy for years. Though you follow all these carefully, a regular dental check-up, at least twice a year, is always best. Visit our dental experts at Bravo! Dental to get your teeth checked up and maintain dental hygiene.

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