The mouth is the largest external orifice {opening} in the body, virtually everything we take passes through it, from food, water, and medication, even the air we breathe does pass through it also.

Besides, the mouth enables us to chew, express affection {kiss} and vocalize thoughts (speak)

Nonetheless, to guarantee the mouth plays its role effectively, ensure it is clean and healthy. Oral essentials are the regular activities you should do to maintain the mouth or oral cavity in shape and function.

Oral essentials – the dos

The habit or day-to-day practice of keeping the mouth clean, help maintain and improve oral health. Indulgencing in healthy oral habits not only save one from pain and discomfort but also saves you the high cost of dental treatment. Healthy oral habits are;

  • Tooth brushing, twice daily
  • Using the right toothpaste.
  • Tooth flossing, once daily
  • Mouth rinsing
  • Professional cleaning
  • Eating right
  • Drinking of water

The above highlights will be discussed in subsequent articles.

Oral essentials – the don’ts

The mouth is a very sensitive organ in the body so aside from keeping it clean, there are paranormal habits that should be avoided. These wrong oral habits are;

  • Thumb sucking.
  • Finger sucking.
  • Tongue thrusting.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Prolong use of pacifier in children.
  • Teeth clenching.
  • Bruxism.
  • Intentional regurgitation.
  • Using the as tool.
  • Chewing of ice or any other with no nutritional value.
  • Smoking.
  • Tobacco chewing.

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