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Oral Hygiene Sunrise

Good oral health care is one of the cornerstones of a happy lifestyle. From helping us eat, savour, chew, swallow to even aiding us to showcase basic emotions like smiling, oral hygiene is as important as physical health.

Like our body, our mouth is also prone to bacteria, though mostly harmless. But since it is the entry to our digestive and respiratory systems, we ought to be careful to prevent the spread of bacteria causing diseases.

A normal brushing and flossing routine can keep the bacteria spread in check. But a lack of a proper oral hygiene regime may cause bacteria and decay levels to shoot up. This can lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay, gum diseases, absess, root canal, extraction, or at times even serious illnesses like cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia, birth, pregnancy related issues, and so on.

Thus, to maintain good overall health, proper oral hygiene must be practiced.


A healthy set of teeth is all about correct brushing and maintenance. It is important to remove dental plaque and bacteria that can go on to become a cause for tooth decay and gum diseases, and at times, various severe ailments.

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush.
  • The toothbrush must be placed at a 45-degree angle between the gums.
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste for brushing teeth.
  • Using mouthwash to remove food remove food particles left after brushing and to help eliminate bacteria that cause gingivitis.
  • Following a healthy diet.
  • Reducing intake of sugary food and drinks.
  • Avoiding tobacco and tobacco-related products.
  • Frequent dental checkups.
  • Replacing the toothbrush every three to four months or earlier if the bristles are worn out.


Cleaning between teeth is helpful in removal of plaque. Residual plaque between the teeth if not removed can harden and lead to gum irritation, causing swollenness and bleeding. This phenomenon is a sign of gingivitis, that can be easily tackled by proper flossing.

Flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque stuck between the teeth. It is effective in reaching deep areas where your toothbrush is unable to reach. Flossing at least once a day is highly recommended.


In addition to daily brushing and flossing, mouth rinsing is a major part of maintaining a healthy oral hygiene regimen. Mouth rinses, especially antimicrobial mouth rinses reduce bacteria and plaque that are a source of gingivitis and gum diseases. Mouth rinses also avert tooth decay.  However, before using a new mouth rinse, do refer to your dentist. And make it a point to check the manufacturer’s label for precautions and age recommendations.