Which of the following habits should be followed to maintain oral hygiene?
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Besides these habits, you should also follow these tips to keep your teeth and gum in healthy conditions. Brush your teeth while getting into bed at night and getting out of bed in the morning. Don't neglect your tongue while brushing. Drink more water. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Change your brush at regular intervals.
Which angle is recommended for placing the toothbrush on your teeth for brushing?
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It is recommended to place the toothbrush at an angle of 45-degrees near the gum line so that bristles are in contact with both the teeth and the gum. Brushing should be done lightly with short strokes of back and forth movement. You should also brush the surfaces of tongue and roof of the mouth.
What should be the active ingredient in your toothpaste to prevent tooth decay?
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Anti-decay toothpaste contains fluoride in it. It may be in the form of sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, or monofluorophosphate. The fluoride content is above 1,000 ppm in anti-decay toothpaste. For children, anti-decay toothpaste contains 500 ppm of fluoride. Fluoride provides a protective barrier to your teeth and fights with germs which may cause tooth decay.
Which of the following practice is more effective in plaque removal?
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It has been found that flossing alongside brushing is much more effective in removing plaque and protecting the teeth from cavity and gingivitis. Floss reaches the tight spaces between your teeth, which efficiently removes the hard-to-reach plaque. However, if not done with proper technique, it may damage the gums causing bleeding and potential infection.
Overuse of mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine may
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Chlorhexidine mouthwash may cause discoloration or staining of teeth, if overused or used for long-term. And, if you are on a prescription of chlorhexidine mouthwash, try to avoid coffee, tea, red wine, or anything which may stain your teeth. It is also advisable not to use chlorhexidine mouthwash if you have tooth crown made of composite or glass ionomer.