Oral Hygiene

Malaysia
October 2, 2009 12:30pm CST
Everyone or almost everyone brushes teeth at least twice a day. Once in the morning after waking up and once at night just before bed. Some, however brushes teeth after every meal. Anyway, it is a good practice to brush teeth at least twice a day to maintain oral hygiene. I scrap my tongue twice a day,after my morning brushing of teeth and one at night after brushing my teeth. Some people do not use the thin long stainless scrapper to scrap. Instead they use the same toothbrush to brush their tongues.What about you. Please share.
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@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I do brush my teeth after eating but I have never brush my tongue. I usually after brushing my teeth gargle with mouthwash to clean my mouth. I do not know of anyone who has scaped or brush thir tongue.
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
O yes, brushing or scrapping of tongue is also good oral hygiene. After eating, food debris my get lodged in the microscopic 'depression' of our tongue. Bacteria may then have a feast and as a result cause foul or bad breath.
@ample03 (403)
• India
3 Oct 09
Hello JamesKYTan, I brush my teeth twice a day normally, in the morning and at night. I think it is enough two brush twice and I always scrap tongue. When I have tea or meal I use water to clean inside my mouth so that it does not smell. I have heard that too much brushing with hard bristle brushes is not good for teeth, is it right?
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
Hello ample, I think most of us brush twice a day, in the morning and at night. There are other who brushes after every meal.If I have my lunch, I just gurgle and rinse my mouth. I used hard bristle-toothbrush before until my dentist advised me to switch to soft as the hard type harm my gum.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
this is a good oral hygiene habit. just want to add one thing, visiting your dentist would be great (at least every 6 months) if you really want to have a really white and fresh breath.
• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
You are absolutely right. Visit our dentist once every 6 months.Think you for reminding me.
@codris (783)
• Italy
2 Oct 09
i wash teeth every time after a meal, and in the evening i use dental filoss, in the morning i use "colluttorio" i don't know the english for it. the essential are teeth brusher and dental filoss, you must use them both, if you use only one you do only the 50% of the work.
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
In spite of all the advantages of brushing after every meal I still prefer one in the morning and one at night. It is more practical. We can't be bringing our toothbrush and toothpaste to our office or to the restaurant.Is "colluttorio' a mouthwash? You mean have to wait for one hour after our meal to brush our teeth?
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
2 Oct 09
Two to three times a day with a medium toothbrush. I used a "hard" toothbrush and brushed four to five times a day for years and it took off some of the enamel. Too hard a brush and too much brushing is not good for your teeth. Found that out the hard way.I use a toothbrush with raised bumps on the back for the tongue, it works great but it makes me gag. Rinse with a mouthwash before brushing helps to loosen up some bacteria and particles. Clean teeth and body hygiene are a must.
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
Yup, previously I used a toothbrush with hard bristles, it pulled down my gums. The dentist advised me to switch to soft type. Now I find that it is good and I stick to soft then.
@vopols (204)
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
Yup I also brush my teeth but 2 times a day and brushes my tongue before sleeping my toothbrush already had a tongue cleaner so whenever I brush my teeth it is considered that I'm gonna brush my tongue. Oral hygiene is very important is our daily activities especially if we talk about having a conversation everyday.
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
Just brushing of teeth twice a day or after every meal is not enough. We need to scrap or brush our tongue also. Scrapping of tongue is better than brushing or using mouthwash. You need to try it to believe it. In the morning when you awake get a stainless scrapper and scrap your tongue, you see the thick coating being scrapped off. Yuck!
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
Hi James, An interesting topic to share here. I brush my teeth at least twice a day.If I am having a seafood for my meal,then I will brush my teeth after my meal ,so that my mouth won't have a bad smell. But one thing is that I never scrap my tougue.I never did it in my whole life. Is it necessary to scrap our tongue???
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
O yes, for hygiene reasons.Bacteria may stay and dwell on the microscopic surface of our tongue. These bacteria live on the food debris that lodged on these microscopic depression of our tongue causing bad breath. Using of mouthwash is not effective. Scrapping of tongue using a stainless scrapper is good. Trying using it and you can see the thick coating being scrape off.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I use a dental rinse in the morning before brushing my teeth. This is supposed to help loosen the plaque. Then I brush my teeth. After brushing my teeth, I usually just use my toothbrush to brush my tongue. I have had the scrapers before, but really never got into the habit of using a separate tool. I hardly floss my teeth often enough, but I guess it hasn't caused me too much trouble. I usually only floss them once a week or so. Sometimes, I do brush my teeth throughout the day. If I have a bad taste in my mouth after lunch or a snack I will brush my teeth. And then I usually brush them again at night. I also have a tool that I will use to clean my teeth from time to time. It looks like a pocket knife, and instead of blades it has different dental tools for scraping. This was a stocking stuffer type gift that I received from my mom, and it really does seem to come in handy.
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
For tongue cleaning I still prefer the stainless scrapper. I find that it can do a better job. I don't use a dental floss as a toothpick is sufficient.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
Wow James, You practice a very good oral hygiene. Brush teetch twice a day is definitely a very good habit to observed. Moreover, you even scrap your tongue. I heard tongue can harbour bacteria too. Nowadays, many toothbrushes are quite innovative with a tongue scrapper (spiky surface) at the back of the toothbrush for scrapping the tongue. I too brushes my teetch twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. I do brush my teetch again before I go out.
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• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
Yes, you heard it correctly, tongue can harbour bacteria and cause foul breath. Brushing of tongue using either the bristles or the spiky surface at the back of toothbrush is not effective. It requires at least a stainless scrapper to scrap off the thick coating that accumulate on the tongue surface.
@asem93 (48)
3 Oct 09
I personally think that oral hygeine is an obvious must and with out further ado I will state why: In the morning and night is the minimum amount of times you should brush your teeth and tongue. I am not with the people wo over do it after every meal, where I think is just a bit over top and leaning towards showboating.
@JohnJeff (722)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
I used mouth wash once per day especially before I sleep.Actually it's not how many times you brush your teeth but how correct procedure you brush your teeth.
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
3 Oct 09
i have been seeing many advertorials lately about the need to wash one's mouth with glycerine and the importance of not relying on toothbrush and traditional paste for oral health and the health of your teeth, glycerine and mouth wash do say they are capable of protecting the teeth and the mouth for 24 hours non stop but am not sure if this is possible
3 Oct 09
Nice job!. You really care on oral hygiene. I do too. You know, it is better to brush teeth at least thrice a day. Unfortunately I don't have a scrapper. I use my own toothbrush to brush my tongue.
@irefed (200)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
I brush teeth twice a day after taking a bath going to the office and before sleeping. I always maintain my oral hygiene because I am not comfortable anymore not to it in a day. It really becomes my habit.
@submerryn (1304)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
James, I am guilty as charged. I use toothbrush to brush my tongue. I dont have a scrapper. I dont like to use a scrapper. I dont want to be a sky scrapper. LOL.. Anyways, I brush my teeth twice a day, clean my tongue. I dont floss, too lazy.. But I will if I have nightmares the other night that I am losing all my teeth. :)
@meapas (2434)
• India
3 Oct 09
I brush my teeth twice a day with a 2 in 1 brush. This brush comes with a tongue cleaner. After every meal or a small intake I clean the mouth thoroughly and gargle. If I have a non-veg meal then I use soap too. Every one in our family too follow this. Even small children too follow this routine as they often see their elders do such acts. I always take special care to see that children notices such good acts. They get influenced by the actions of the elders.
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
I brush my teeth in the morning and before I sleep sometimes every after meal. I am very vain when it comes to oral hygiene because I consider my teeth as my asset so I take care of them.