Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Hygiene

Do I need first to brush or floss for better oral hygiene?

It doesn't matter whether you first brush or floss when you are cleansing your teeth thoroughly and practicing good oral hygiene every day. Research from 2018 indicated that first floss and then brush could be useful in better oral hygiene. The study showed that the bacteria and debris loosened from the teeth by flossing first, and then they are removed from the mouth by brushing. However, the ADA states that it is appropriate to either floss first or brush first, based on your convenience.

Can I use Waterpik instead of brushing or flossing my teeth?

No, Waterpik is not a replacement for brushing or flossing. It is used as an adjunct but never a primary oral hygiene measure.

Is baking soda mouthwash effective?

For patients undergoing cancer care, a home-made mouth rinse with baking soda is always recommended. The National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends this as a treatment for mucositis, bowel sores, and sore throats caused due to chemotherapy or radiation. Rinse prepared from baking soda, salt, and water is used several times to relieve sores' inconvenience and avoid infections. It can also be gargled to ease pain in the throat.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

The American Dental Association (ADA) states that electric toothbrushes virtually eliminate oral plaque-causing a decline in decay and gum diseases. An analysis of studies found that electric toothbrushes effectively lower plaque and gingivitis than a manual toothbrush. The plaque was decreased by 21% and the gingivitis by 11% after three months of electric toothbrush use. Oscillating (rotating) toothbrushes tend to function better than the vibration of toothbrushes.

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