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How to Prevent Oral Infections on a Daily Basis

Posted on 11/30/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
How to Prevent Oral Infections on a Daily BasisFor many people, developing an oral infection is one of the last things on their mind. This is because many kinds of oral infections come on without symptoms—at least until the infection is raging.

If you want to be sure that you don't develop any infections in your mouth, there are a few steps you can take on a daily basis to help your body fight back against the germs.

Be Sure to Have a Good Oral Hygiene Routine

It will come as no surprise that the first thing you should do is be sure your oral hygiene routine is up to snuff. Be sure that you brush your teeth at least twice each day—three times would be better if you have the time and ability. On top of that, you absolutely must floss your teeth at least once every 24-hour period. Doing this will help keep the levels of bacteria and other germs in your mouth at a minimum.

Find a Good Oral Rinse

Of course, as you no doubt know, your toothbrush sometimes doesn't reach into every nook and crevice. And flossing, while great, can be a less than perfect solution if you are not doing it correctly every time. So, to double up on protection for your mouth, get a good oral rinse.

Choose an oral rinse that will help disinfect your mouth. Pour a capful into your mouth and vigorously swish it around for at least 30 seconds. Some people will spit at 30 seconds and perform a second rinse just to be sure. The research is split on whether you should use an oral rinse with alcohol or not. While alcohol does kill germs, in some cases it can damage your mouth tissues and actually lead to elevated bacteria levels in your mouth. Still, once you get a good rinse, use it regularly.

Following the above will help keep your mouth clean. Then your chances of beating infection are improved.
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