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Neglecting your oral hygiene can have very negative consequences. Bacteria in your mouth accumulate on your teeth and along your gumline, producing an acid that progressively attacks the enamel. This can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums contributes to your overall health by staving off some illnesses (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, pneumonia, etc.). Indeed, microorganisms enter the body through the mouth. Poor oral hygiene contributes to their proliferation, leaving them to migrate toward other organs.

This is why it is so important to adopt a proper oral hygiene routine for clean, healthy teeth.

Good oral health habits

In general, the following three habits are essential to good oral health:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Using dental floss
  • Getting regular, complete cleanings by a dental hygienist, including polishing and tartar removal

What is the right way to brush my teeth?

1) Frequency and duration

Carefully brushing all of your teeth is the first step to dental health. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, although ideally you’d brush after each meal. It is really important to brush your teeth before you go to bed.

For optimal results, brush your teeth for at least two minutes. To ensure you’re brushing long enough, try playing a song or using a timer. This trick works really well with kids!

2) Brushing technique

  • Proper brushing technique is important for great results and healthy gums
  • The easiest, safest technique is the “rolling motion.” Place the toothbrush against your gums, then gently brush down to the edge of your teeth. To remove food particles or plaque along the gumline, brush using light, horizontal strokes, then use the rolling motion so that you’ve cleaned the entire tooth surface.
  • So that you don’t forget any teeth, we recommend brushing your teeth the same way every time, systematically following the same sequence. It could be one jaw at a time, starting in the back on one side and ending on the other side. Make sure to carefully brush the chewing surface of your teeth (using a back-and-forth motion), then the front of your teeth (using the rolling motion) and finally the back of your teeth (also using the rolling motion)
  • Don’t brush too vigorously. Too much pressure or back-and-forth motions can damage your gums and loosen your teeth
  • Remember to brush your tongue and palate in order to remove any bacteria that get stuck there.

3) The right equipment:


A regular toothbrush works very well. Just make sure you buy one that has soft bristles, so as to not damage your gums, and a small, narrow head, to ensure it’ll clean even hard-to-reach places. You could also consider purchasing an ultrasonic electric toothbrush.

  • Toothbrushes should be changed regularly, about every three months.

Toothpaste and mouthwash

About 1 cm of toothpaste is enough. The brushing action is what really does all the work.

Nonetheless, toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride better protect against cavities. Although mouthwash is not an absolute requirement, it does contribute to good oral health when used once a day.

Dental floss

Flossing is the last step. It enables you to remove any food particles stuck between your teeth and keeps your gums healthy. Use floss at least once a day, preferably before going to bed.

Good oral hygiene and healthy eating habits will help prevent cavities and other dental problems, in addition to contributing to your overall health. All of these steps make a big difference!

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