Oral Hygiene

Healthy teeth and gums

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: December 01, 2011

Oral Hygiene Defined

Looking after oral hygiene is essential to keeping teeth and gums healthy. Brushing your teeth twice a day, regular dental flossing and rinsing with mouthwash after meals is oral hygiene care you can maintain at home and will help you avoid dental problems and bad breath (also known as halitosis).

As well as looking after your teeth at home, a regular check-up with your dentist and dental hygienist is important. Dental hygienists will give teeth a deep clean using a scale and root polish technique to remove and build-up of stubborn plaque and tartar that can lead to periodontal gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis.


Oral Hygiene Treatment

Brushing your teeth sounds like a simple, everyday task, but dentists recommend using a certain technique to ensure you remove all of the plaque and bacteria that has built up through the day to maintain good oral hygiene. 

  1. Put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush
  2. Use your toothbrush at a 45% angle to clean individual teeth
  3. Use circular movements to clean individual teeth
  4. Brush teeth for 2 minutes each morning and night
  5. Don't forget to clean your tongue to prevent bad breath 


Gums are the soft tissue that holds the teeth in place. Designed to protect teeth from bacteria and food debris, the gums also stabilize teeth and ensure teeth maintain the correct alignment.

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