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Can daily brushing and flossing help maintain oral hygiene?


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Published At February 5, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 40-year-old male seeking more information about oral hygiene maintenance. What are the key components of a good oral hygiene routine, and how often should I brush and floss my teeth? Are there specific toothpaste and mouthwash ingredients I should look for to promote oral health? What are the common dental problems that can arise from poor oral hygiene, and how can I prevent them? How do diet and nutrition impact oral health, and are there specific foods beneficial or harmful to teeth and gums? Finally, what is the role of regular dental check-ups and cleanings in maintaining good oral hygiene?

Please advise.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

Oral hygiene can be maintained by:

  1. Ensure you brush twice daily: once in the morning and once after dinner before sleeping.
  2. Technique: Start with the back teeth, covering three teeth at a time. Use 20 strokes in each area, and avoid brushing too vigorously, as it may lead to gingival recession. Replace the toothbrush once the bristles begin to fray.
  3. If you prefer flossing, ensure the floss is 12 to 18 inches long. Wrap it around your fingers or tie the ends together in a loop. Stretch the floss between the thumb and forefinger, gently passing it through each contact area in a back-and-forth motion.
  4. You can use antiseptic mouthwash.
  5. Poor oral hygiene can lead to the accumulation of plaque, stains, and bad breath. Over time, it can affect your gums, causing recession and tooth mobility.
  6. Regarding diet and food, nutritional deficiencies can indeed cause changes in the oral cavity. To maintain good gingival and periodontal health, it is recommended to consume a firm and fibrous diet, as they provide a natural cleansing action to the teeth. Additionally, consuming a diet rich in vitamins, such as citrus fruits, is beneficial.
  7. Regular dental visits ensure that your oral hygiene is well maintained.

Thanks for using icliniq, and have a nice day.

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