Things you might not know, but should, about your oral hygiene
Busy is a word we can all relate to – lifestyles can be super hectic nowadays but your oral care is something you should always make time for. Here are our top six pointers…
Evening brushing is the most important
One in ten adults admit they regularly forget to brush their teeth. Sounds crazy, right? But what if we told you that night brushing is vital because this is when plaque bacteria builds up the most. During the day, your mouth helps you to get rid of bad bacteria – your saliva and tongue are your natural allies. However, when your body sleeps, it’s easier for plaque to get cosy on and around your teeth.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes
Did you know that only 63% of people brush their teeth twice a day?* In reality, morning and evening brushing is an absolute minimum. If you can (and now with Ordo there are no excuses!), take your toothbrush with you anywhere you go and try to brush after every meal.
When you brush, it’s important to reach to every corner and every surface of your teeth – all inner, outer and chewing surfaces. Keep brushing for at least two minutes, or you won’t remove all the bacteria properly.
We know brushing might not be the most exciting activity, that’s why we came up with the list of things to keep you entertained when you brush.
*Source: Mintel, 2017
Oral health is a part of your overall health
Many people forget that being healthy means ensuring that your oral health is in tip top shape too. The truth is that taking care of your oral health can only benefit you. The lack of it will definitely hurt your mouth. (And your wallet – dentist trips can stack up).
Simply put, if you don’t want to have a bad breath, tooth decay or a gum disease, you better take care of those pearly whites E-V-E-R-Y D-A-Y. If bacteria from any of those spread over your body, your overall health may be at risk, especially if you have diabetes.
You should visit your dentist regularly
The Dentist… it’s an appointment a lot of us dread. But, it’s time to face the truth, waiting for a tooth pain to drag you to the dentist’s chair isn’t best practice. Instead, visit your dentist at least twice a year for a regular check-up. This way you’ll prevent plaque bacteria from building up, tooth decay, gum disease and possibly even more serious health issues, such as mouth cancer. Some might even give you a sticker for being a good patient!
It’s important to replace your toothbrush head every 2-3 months
If you want to clean your teeth properly, pay attention to the bristles. They have to be in a good shape in order to clean all surfaces of your teeth precisely. Another good tip: replace your toothbrush head after you’ve been sick to avoid the bacteria spreading around. And on that note, keep your Ordo travel cap on at all times, it helps keep your head hygienic in bathroom surroundings.
Eaten acidic food? Wait before you brush your teethWaiting at least 30 minutes to brush after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks is best practice. But brushing after other foods is best advised straight after as to clean out the bacteria from what you ate - common sense, right?