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5 Oral Hygiene Rituals: Daily Do’s for a Great Smile


Hi, this is Helen. There is nothing more beautiful and attractive than a positive, sincere, and glowing smile. As a matter of fact, keeping your pearly whites as healthy as possible can have positive effects on everyday life. For example, people are usually attracted to someone who obviously takes a few extra steps in taking care of their oral health. In addition to boosting self-esteem, smiling is a great way to connect with other people and make friends. Nevertheless, what happens when you neglect your oral hygiene? Actually, due to poor oral health, a lot of people become withdrawn and depressive. In essence, maintaining good oral hygiene rituals is all important. So, what can we do to keep our teeth as healthy as possible? Here are five oral care rituals to practice daily for best results.

1. Brush Daily

One of the most important things keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible is to brush daily. A lot of the time we tend to forget to brush our teeth, so we decide to chew some gum instead. Even though there are some good chewing gums on the market, it simply cannot substitute for cleaning your teeth with top quality fluoride-based toothpaste.

For best results, brush your teeth after getting up in the morning and before going to bed. Encourage your kids to brush their teeth too. If you are one of those people who brushes after each meal that is even better.

In addition, it’s important to choose the right toothbrush. Try a brush with soft bristles. This way, it does not cause any damage to sensitive gums. Also, brushes should be thrown away and replaced after two to three months. Do not continue using the same brush for several months because bacteria might build up inside the bristles.

2. Floss Often

Flossing is also essential in maintaining healthy-looking pearly whites. Even though brushing your teeth daily is a crucial step in oral hygiene, it’s not enough to get rid of all the food bits and plaque that build between the teeth and gums.

If a person does not floss at all, diseases like gingivitis can happen. The best time of day to floss is at night; especially before going to bed. Also, floss only once a day because overuse might actually cause damage to the gums.

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3. Get a Tongue Scraper

Not a lot of people know the importance of keeping the tongue clean. Did you know that the tongue is connected with the thyroid, lung, heart, and colon health?

Because of this, it’s important to focus on getting rid of any build-up on the tongue’s surface. Investing in a high-quality tongue scraper might be the best option for someone who wants to reduce bad bacteria. So, we include it here in our list of oral hygiene rituals.

By scraping the tongue, our taste buds will improve and the chances of bad breath minimize. To perform this step as efficiently as possible, scrape from the back forward and repeat a couple of times.

4. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a long-time Ayurvedic ritual that is still popular. In a nutshell, oil pulling is usually done using a high-quality cooking oil such as coconut oil or sesame seed oil. Right after getting up in the morning and before making breakfast, swish the oil in the mouth for a few minutes and then spit it out.

Oil pulling is great for keeping the teeth as white as possible, and it is can get rid of bad morning breath. After oil pulling, wash your teeth as you usually do. The results are visible after a couple of weeks, but it is best to continuously use this technique for at least two to three months so it does its magic.

5. Drink Lots of Water and Eat Healthy

Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle is important not only for a person’s overall health but also specifically for best oral hygiene. Thus, our good oral hygiene rituals list includes eating healthy and consuming plenty of water.

The food we eat can affect our health in many ways. For example, if a person has an addiction to sugar and fizzy drinks, then they might have decaying teeth or a form of gum disease. Also, cavities are quite frequent if you’re not avoiding sugar.

As for water, it is important because a dry mouth is at high risk of plaque accumulation. The most important thing is drinking enough water and eating plenty of fresh vegetables. Try to stay away from processed food and soda in general.

Final Words on Oral Hygiene Rituals

In conclusion, it is extremely important to have oral hygiene rituals that you can stick to daily. By keeping your oral health at an optimum level, many positive things will surely come knocking at your door. Be confident and smile often!

About the Writer

Helen Bradford is a journalism student who always seeks new ideas to write about. She enjoys blogging about beauty, health and style trends for women. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare time being active through fitness and traveling.



  1. Sunshiny SA, Kavitha December 17, 2018

    Good tips Christy. My son and I brush with bicarbonate of soda. It works like a charm.

    1. Christy B December 17, 2018

      Awesome healthy approach!

  2. dancingpalmtrees December 17, 2018

    Excellent article. I would add gargling with hydrogen peroxide to kill infections until you can get to the dentist.

    1. Beutiflee December 17, 2018

      I can’t attempt to do this. I might accidentally swallow because the taste would disturb me. This is very scary for me to try. 😰

    2. dancingpalmtrees December 17, 2018

      So far I’ve never Swallowed. Obviously if it bothers you don’t do it. I’m sure that your dentist would have other recommendations.

    3. Christy B December 17, 2018

      Oh good tip! I’ll try it as I am seeing my dentist next month.

    4. dancingpalmtrees December 17, 2018


  3. Laura Beth December 17, 2018

    Excellent post. I want to get back into oil pulling. Just don’t spit it into your sink!

    1. Beutiflee December 17, 2018

      Where should you spot the oil?

    2. Beutiflee December 17, 2018


    3. simplywendi December 17, 2018

      I would spit it in the trash can as you don’t want to clog your drain! :)

    4. Beutiflee December 17, 2018

      Ok thank you for the tip

    5. simplywendi December 17, 2018


    6. Laura Beth December 17, 2018

      In a Ziplock baggie, a clean jar, or a trash can. Just not anywhere where it can clog pipes!

    7. Beutiflee December 17, 2018

      Oh ok good to know l! Thank you!

    8. Christy B December 17, 2018

      Oh my gosh, thanks for adding that note!!

    9. Laura Beth December 17, 2018

      You’re welcome!

  4. Grace Song December 17, 2018

    Wow, never knew about oil pulling! Will try it out 👌🏻

  5. Beutiflee December 17, 2018

    I may try oil pulling. It sounds disgusting and I don’t know if I can bear the taste. But I’ll find the courage to give it a try. 😝

    1. Christy B December 17, 2018

      I’m like that with some other icky tasting things like cough syrups ;)

    2. Beutiflee December 17, 2018

      I’m totally the same. Just thinking of the oil is already making me squirmish!

  6. simplywendi December 17, 2018

    these are wonderful ideas, thank you.

    1. Christy B December 17, 2018

      And thanks for helping with that question in the comments section about where to spit the oil ;)

    2. simplywendi December 17, 2018

      :) truly my pleasure Christy! :)

  7. thelonelyauthorblog December 17, 2018

    Good suggestions. Certainly hope everyone is following the first two.

    1. Christy B December 17, 2018


  8. Crazy D December 17, 2018

    Nice article Christy B

    1. Christy B December 18, 2018

      Great feedback, thanks!

  9. Wade Shen February 11, 2019

    Nice Post

    1. Christy B February 11, 2019

      Great to hear it!

  10. Merlin Sturgill February 15, 2019

    Nice Post

    1. Christy B March 1, 2019

      Great to hear, Merlin!

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