8 Easy Morning Routines for A Perfect Oral Health
by Ahmad Fatikhul Khasan
October 1, 2019
Oral health is essential to the overall health of the body. There are many ways to maintain oral health. The most common way is to brush your teeth.
But are you sure you brush your teeth properly? Furthermore, can oral health be achieved only by brushing teeth? A little knowledge of the mouth ecosystem will make you answer no to both of these questions.
This article provides you with eight-step of personal oral care. The routine application of this healthy habit will make your teeth and the overall environment of your mouth in its best condition. Do not worry, all of the steps contained in this post can be performed in your house. Using the material you already have.
The First Step: Salt Rinse
Every home has salt in their kitchen. Besides cooking, salt is a beneficial material to keep your mouth clean. It kills bacteria in your mouth and alkalizes the mouth environment. FYI, an alkaline environment is the ideal condition for brushing.
How to do salt rinse? Mix a glass of hot water with a spoon of salt. Be sure to use spring water or the one which contains no fluoride. Adding a drop of essential oil will improve the quality of the brine. Gargle the brine in your mouth, repeat it thrice and then spit. It is that simple.
Do this right after you wake up in the morning or right after a meal.
The Second Step: Tongue Scrapping
Have you ever why you have bad breath even after brushing your teeth? If that is the case, you may start putting attention to your tongue. The surface of your tongue is home to thousands of bacteria. Leave the surface uncleaned, and your breath will continue as unpleasant as before, or even worse.
How to clean the tongue surface? Scrapping the tongue is more than enough to do just that. You can use tongue scrapper that you can buy in a health store. Or you can use the edge of a spoon to clean the surface of your tongue gently.
A clean tongue improves your oral health. It will also make the food tastes better.
The Third Step: Gum Brushing
It might be strange to you. ‘Why should I brush the gum?’ You may ask. But, keeping the gum clean is as important as keeping the teeth clean. The gum is the place where the plaque developed. Brushing the gums will ensure your oral health.
Use a soft toothbrush for cleaning the gum. Be mindful and gentle when brushing it. For the top gum, move the brush downward, from the top of the gum toward the teeth. Practice the reverse move for the bottom gum.
The Fourth Step: Teeth Polishing
This is the required step after you brush your teeth. Teeth polishing remove any leftover plaque. It also improves the smoothness of your teeth.
You can use an electrical round-headed brush to perform teeth polishing. The tool can be obtained in a health store. Usually, it comes with a rechargeable battery.
The Fifth Step: A Deeper Check to the Gum Lines
Since it is the gum that holds the teeth in its place and keeps it healthy, a healthy gum is crucial for the overall oral health. In the third step, you have learned to brush the gum. Here, you will go deeper to check for plaque development in the gum lines.
Check for any plaque buildup along the inner and outer gum lines. If any, use a gum tool with a tip made up of rubber to clean the gum line. Clean the inner and outer gum line both for the bottom and upper teeth.
The Sixth Step: Flossing
If you have practiced the previous five steps, you are ready to provide oral care as good as a professional dentist. In the sixth step comes flossing. Flossing is a critical part of the healthy habit for oral health. Flossing removes the plaque and food between your teeth that cannot be reached by brushing.
For a perfect flossing experience, take a long strand of floss. Take a drop of essential oil with your index finger. Coat the floss with the oil using your index finger and thumb. Then start flossing. Make sure that you have reached every corner of the teeth.
The Seventh Step: The Final Rinse
If you made it to this point, you take good care of your mouth. In this step, repeat the salt rinse procedure, as mentioned in the first step.
The purpose of this final rinse is to coat your mouth with saltwater. The coating will avoid the growth of bacteria. It will also improve the health of tissue in the mouth.
The Eight Step: Additional Gum Care
This is the step where you give extra care to the gum. In this step, you will reach an area of the gum which cannot be reached by brushing, flossing, and scrapping.
But, you need an oral irrigator for this step. The oral irrigator has a fine spray that will clean out bacteria and plaque that missed by the previous steps.
Fill the oral irrigator with the saltwater that you have created for salt rinse. Flush the space between teeth. And take extra care in areas that need special attention.
If you experienced chronic gum inflammation, treat it by whispering the inflamed gums with salt water every hour for two days. The reason why this treatment is useful is that salt eliminates bacteria, and vitamin C maintains electron balance in the mouth.
These are the eight steps of personal oral care that you can perform at home. The regular application of these routines will guarantee a healthier oral ecology. Perform these steps at least once a day, right after you wake up in the morning.
For a maximum result, do this twice daily with an additional practice just before going to sleep at night. Performing these steps twice daily will significantly improve your oral health since plaque formed every six hours.
The mouth is a vital part of our body. It is the gate of everything that enters our inner body. A healthy mouth will clean out everything that comes into our body.
Get to know your mouth, and know it thoroughly.