Oral Hygiene


Caring for your Oral Hygiene

Similar to your physical health, your oral and dental health depends on how you take care of it. Dental experts from around the world will tell you that your oral hygiene impacts the health, longevity, aesthetics, and functionality of your teeth, gums, tongue, and overall oral cavity.

To prevent this, most people will tell you to never skip the routine of brushing your teeth twice a day. However, Dr. Pallavi’s extensive experience in the field of dentistry tells her that simply brushing your teeth twice a day, doesn’t guarantee good oral hygiene.  In fact, a regular oral hygiene routine can be ineffective if you leave a few gaps.

Dr. Pallavi at i2m-Dental strongly advises all her patients to learn as much as they can about maintaining good oral hygiene. It is crucial that they know the right brushing technique, have the right tools and include other habits in the routine to maximize their oral health.

Once you have all the bases covered, you’ll be equipped to take care of your oral health. Not only will it improve the appearance of your smile, but it will keep your mouth safe from more serious dental problems.

A diligent oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkup combined with good dietary habits and an overall health-conscious lifestyle can prevent and reduce the risk of diseases such as:

  • Cavities

  • Dental caries

  • Receding gums

  • Gingivitis

  • Halitosis (bad breath)

  • Periodontitis

  • Oral or dental infection

  • Oral cancer


At i2m-Dental, our resident dentist, Dr. Pallavi, along with her entire team are committed to supporting patients. When you visit us for a consultation or talk to one of our experts, we will arm you with all the necessary information and instructions to maintain an at-home oral hygiene routine.


What is Good Oral Hygiene

Many people assume that quickly giving your teeth a brush twice a day is enough to keep their oral cavity clean and germ-free. However, this is only effective for basic cleaning and only makes your mouth appear visually clean on the surface.

When you look deeper, there are other indicators of good oral hygiene. Overall, your mouth should look and smell healthy, which means:

  • There are no debris or food particles stuck between your teeth

  • Your gingiva or gums are healthy, pink, and don’t bleed or hurt when you floss or brush

  • Your breath doesn’t smell bad constantly


If you have problems with any of the three sings of good oral hygiene like bleeding gums or persistent bad breath, it might be time to visit an oral hygienist or your dentist. These conditions can be symptoms of other underlying conditions and might need immediate attention.

At i2M Dental, Dr. Pallavi Sinha will help you find out exactly what’s wrong. She will give your oral cavity a preliminary visual exam. If she suspects something is wrong, she may order an x-ray.

Once the diagnosis is confirmed, she will help you learn and adopt oral hygiene techniques that can help reduce the severity of the disease. Additionally, she will help you understand the importance of a healthy oral care routine for preventative dentistry.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in the past 6 months, then make an appointment at i2M Dental today in Hyattsville, Maryland.


Good Oral Hygiene Practices to Integrate into your Daily Routine

When it comes to health, prevention is always better than cure. Instead of undergoing intensive restorative dental procedures, surgery, and rounds of antibiotics for a bacterial infection caused by neglect, spending a few more minutes on your oral hygiene every day is a much better solution.

Preventative dentistry enables you to stop dental problems from progressing into more serious conditions. Maintaining your oral hygiene regularly is also much less expensive, painful, and worrisome than getting treated with invasive procedures.

However, it is important to understand the importance of supplementary dental care in addition to preventative dentistry. This involves making sure you don’t skip the biannual visit to the dentist and getting your mouth properly cleaned along with immediate dental attention if something goes wrong.

Dr. Pallavi offers meticulous dental services including routine checkups in Silver Spring and Hyattsville, Maryland. You can book an appointment at i2M Dental and they’ll make sure that your teeth and gums are in good condition.

As for preventative dentistry, there are a few steps you can take to protect your oral hygiene which include the following:


Brush your Teeth Using the Correct Technique

Brushing your teeth is the first most important step towards ensuring good oral hygiene. Keeping the crevices, gaps, and surfaces of the teeth free of debris is critical for staving off cavities and gingivitis.

According to the American Dental Association, the following brushing basics can help keep your teeth clean:

  • Brush twice a day. Once in the morning and once right before bed.

  • Don’t rush. Take your time and complete the suggested 2-minutes to be thorough.

  • Use an ADA-approved, fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure that the head of the brush fits in your mouth with enough room to move it around. Consider switching to an electric brush for more precision.

  • Don’t be harsh. A good brushing technique for good oral hygiene is to hold your brush at a slight angle and then gently brushing back-and-forth without pushing too hard on the handle. Also, make sure to clean the inside, outside, and top of each tooth.

  • Keep the brush clean. Rinse your brush before and after using it and store it at an upright position, allowing it to air dry. Keep them separate from other brushes and don’t cover them routinely to avoid bacteria growth.

  • Replace your brush. It’s important that you replace your brush or replacement head (if you’re using an electric toothbrush) every 3 months or sooner if the bristles are fraying.


Use a Tongue Scraper

People often forget to clean their tongues, not realizing that it can be home to millions of bacteria. The bacteria on the tongue produce sulfur compounds that can cause bad breath and other infections.

Brushing your teeth and rinsing doesn’t remove these bacteria. This is why Dr. Pallavi suggests that you use a good quality tongue scraper to clean the tongue of any bacteria or food debris. You can use the tongue scraper before or after you have brushed your teeth.

  • Just like using a toothbrush, don’t be harsh.

  • Rinse the scraper and then gently scrape your tongue, starting from the back and working your way forward.

  • Scrape the center, top, and sides of the tongue.


If you don’t have a tongue scraper, you can use your toothbrush and follow the same steps mentioned above.


Mouth Rinses

The next step to good oral hygiene is rinsing your mouth. There is a wide range of different types of mouth rinse products available in the market. From ones formulated with fluoride and alcohol to more natural and mild ones. Some people even prefer using home remedies such as salt in lukewarm water.

These mouth rinses contain therapeutic ingredients that can help:

  • Remove bacteria from the entire oral cavity

  • Help prevent caries, cavities, gingivitis, etc.

  • Freshen up your breath and prevent halitosis

  • Protect your teeth from tooth wear and erosion

  • Soften plaque and help remove tartar

You can use a mouthwash with fluoride to get all these benefits in one. As the mouthwash is liquid, it reaches areas where floss and toothbrush bristles can’t.

  • Use the recommended amount of the product you choose and put it in your mouth.

  • Let it sit for a few minutes

  • Gently swirl the mouthwash and make it cover the entire oral cavity

  • Rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out


Water Pick and Flossers

Flossing is the last step in your oral hygiene routine. It is important that you floss your teeth thoroughly and properly to make sure that you are actually able to remove any food particles or plaque stuck in between the gaps.

You have two options to choose from when it comes to flossing. The first one is a water pick and the second, the traditional dental floss.

Also called water flossers, water picks are oral irrigators that shoot a thin stream of water. It functions like any other water-pressure based cleaner. When you aim its nozzle between your teeth or at the gum line, the pressurized water stream removes any debris or plaque stuck there.

It is supposed to be gentler on your gums and less likely to cause bleeding, even if the gums are sensitive. Even though it is not portable like dental floss, it can be more thorough.

Traditional dental floss is a cord of thin filaments used to remove food and plaque from areas a toothbrush can’t reach. There are different kinds of floss available including monofilament, multifilament, waxed, and unwaxed.

Generally, it is advised to use an 18-inch piece of floss to clean the area between each tooth.

  • Wind the floss around each middle finger with 2 inches of floss in the middle for you to work with

  • Use your forefinger and thumb to hold the floss taught and gently slide it between your teeth

  • Curve the floss gently around the base of the tooth, going beneath the gum line

  • Don’t push, snap or force the floss as it can cut or bruise the gingival tissue

  • Don’t insert the dirty piece of floss back in your mouth as it reenters bacteria

  • Use new, clean sections of floss for each tooth

  • Use a back-and-forth motion to remove the floss


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