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How can we improve oral hygiene status of our patients?
Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque. Visit your dentist at least once a year, even if you have no natural teeth or have dentures. Do not use any tobacco products.
How does good oral hygiene promote your overall health?
Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbes that multiply and lead to disease. Studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) might play a role in some diseases.
What three things should be practiced daily for good oral hygiene?
The best way to care for teeth and gums is to follow good eating habits, brush, and floss daily, and have regular dental cleanings and exams.
What are some techniques you can do every day to improve oral hygiene?
In addition to daily brushing and flossing, consider using mouthwash containing fluoride to promote oral health. Also, resist the temptation to use toothpicks or other objects that could injure your gums and let in bacteria. If you smoke, try to quit.
What do you need to consider when providing oral health care to a patient?
An initial assessment should include clarifying with patients or carers:
- History of previous dental care;
- Previous oral problems;
- Patient age and other risk factors such as dentures;
- Current nutritional status;
- Current treatment and any proposed regimen, including medications, radiotherapy and surgery;
What does good oral hygiene prevent?
The benefit of good oral care is two-fold. Not only do you prevent mouth and gum disease like plaque and gingivitis, but you are also preventing more serious health concerns. Brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Dental care helps prevent bacteria from entering into your bloodstream.
What is the importance of oral health?
Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. Establishing good oral hygiene and dietary habits have been proven to be essential to achieving and maintaining, overall physical and emotional well-being throughout life.
What role does oral health play in your overall health status?
Oral health is integral to general health. Tooth loss is directly associated with deteriorating diet and compromised nutrition,33 which can impair general health and exacerbate existing health conditions. Further, the mouth is often an entry point for infections, which may spread to other parts of the body.
How we keep our mouth healthy?
Keep Your Mouth Healthy
- Drink fluoridated water and use fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss and brush teeth daily.
- Visit your dentist regularly, even if you have no natural teeth and have dentures.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol.
- If medicines lead to a dry mouth, ask your doctor if other drugs might be used instead.
How can I improve my tongue health?
5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Tongue Health
- Step 1: Brush your tongue regularly. The surface of your tongue is covered in tiny bumps called papillae, which can trap bacteria.
- Step 2: Quit smoking.
- Step 3: Drink more water.
- Step 4: Keep on a healthy diet.
- Step 5: Visit the dentist every six months.
What are your responsibilities in oral care and how can these be prevented?
For example, dental and oral disease can be greatly reduced by:
- brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
- flossing your teeth at least once a day.
- decreasing your intake of sugar.
- eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- avoiding tobacco products.
- drinking fluoridated water.
What’s the best way to improve your oral hygiene?
But rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash, like Listerine® Antiseptic Mouthwash, afterwards will kill more oral bacteria, helping to fight plaque. After you brush and floss, swish vigorously for 30 seconds twice a day. Another recommendation is to chew gum.
Why are oral hygiene instructions important for periodontal treatment?
Success in periodontal treatment depends on the ability and willingness of patients to maintain to oral hygiene (10). Studies also show that conditions such as chronic periodontitis can be improved by effective oral hygiene (11). Adequate adherence to oral hygiene instructions can improve the periodontal health of the patients.
What does holistic oral health mean for your mouth?
As a baseline, holistic oral health acknowledges the direct impact between mouth health and the health of the whole being. This leads us to the first foundation… Foundation #1: We must heal the mental disconnect with our mouth.
What are the components of the simplified Oral Hygiene Index?
The Simplified Oral Hygiene Index (OHI-S) (12,13) developed by Greene and Vermillion and Patient Hygiene Performance index (PHP) (14) developed by Podshadley and Haley were used in this study. Simplified Oral hygiene index has two components- debri and calculus each with a score ranging from zero to three.