Oral hygiene is one of the most important things you do daily. It must be practiced religiously every day of your life beginning from the time when you are a baby. Teeth must be brushed and flossed in the morning and before going to bed and the mouth rinsed after every meal. Those who have lost their teeth and use dentures must rinse their set after every meal to prevent food particles from getting stuck between or underneath them. They will cause fungal infections and decay.
You must visit a dentist yearly to get your teeth cleaned by removing tartar and plaque. This is essential to prevent gingivitis and cavities. The dentist uses a perioriontal scalar to clean the teeth and remove hard deposit called plaque. Then he uses an electric brush to smoothen rough areas so that plaque does not find a ready surface to accumulate.
A process called debridement becomes necessary if there is a lot of tartar formation. The deposit is loosened by the use of ultrasound. It is then scraped off by scaling and ultimately washed away by hydrogen peroxide. The mouth is rinsed again and again to remove all deposits. If there are any stains, they are removed and the teeth polished.
Deep cleansing is necessary if the gum pocket becomes deep due to some gum disease. Tartar is then deposited below the gum line. After removing deposits from the surface of the teeth, the dentist proceeds to remove it from near the roots of the teeth. The rough surfaces are subsequently smoothened and this is called root planing. If there is any infected part near the roots of the teeth, that is removed as well.
If you neglect oral care then you may suffer from bad breath, tooth decay, cavities and bleeding gums. Denture care is also important, as is the care of the teeth that are implanted. Basic oral care comprising of brushing and flossing helps in restricting plaque. Antiseptic mouth washes also helps to lessen the formation of the plaque by killing the harmful bacteria. Those using dentures should follow this procedure too to reduce bacteria formation in the mouth.
Toothpaste containing fluoride should be used and drinking water should also have some amount of fluoride in it. This element combines with the enamel of the teeth making them stronger. Visit your dentist at regular intervals to keep your teeth in good shape so that they give trouble free service for your entire life.