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Oral diseases affect about 3.5 billion people worldwide, estimates WHO

Oral hygiene does not have to be time-consuming or complicated.Picture by Tima Miroshnichenko/Pexels

Brushes should be changed every three months, according to the American Dental Association.  While it may not be pleasant to think about, over time, bacteria accumulate on our toothbrushes.

“If you don’t floss or wash your teeth after eating, food particles that are still in your mouth and on your teeth might lead to bad breath. Plaque builds up on teeth and needs to be removed with a toothbrush because it can irritate the gums and create pockets of plaque between the teeth and gums,” Macelle Erasmus, Head of Expert at Aquafresh told IOL Lifestyle.

She adds, “Keep your toothbrush as far away as possible from the toilet as this reduces bacteria landing on the brush. This includes the sink as bacteria lands on the brush when splashing water.”

Good oral hygiene will help avoid tooth loss as you get older. Further helps prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.

Here are some of the few misconceptions when it comes to oral hygiene:

Bleeding gums are normal: This is not true, gums can become inflamed and bleed due to excessive plaque formation on teeth resulting in bleeding gums

Sugar causes cavities: It is not the sugar that causes cavities, but the bacteria that feed on the sugar.

Brushing harder cleans teeth better: Brushing too hard can create more trauma to tooth enamel and this can also lead to gum recession

Kids and baby teeth do not need regular brushing: This is not true, Kids and babies should get into a routine of brushing teeth twice a day every day.

Chewing gum works as well as brushing teeth: This can promote fresh breath but will not be sufficient for the level of cleaning that is required

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