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    Vol: 28 Issue: 01, 2024


  • Tanuja B, B. Varalakshmi, K. Sucharita, M. I. Niyas Ahamed *, Ayesha Sabeen M, Harishchander Anandaram

Keywords: oral hygiene, tooth brushing, tooth decay, dantdhawan.

Oral hygiene refers to the act of maintaining cleanliness and preventing diseases and issues such as bad breath in the mouth through regular brushing and flossing. Regular oral hygiene practices are necessary to prevent dental disease and foul breath. The prevalent forms of dental ailments encompass tooth decay (cavities, dental caries) and gum disorders, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Standard recommendations advise brushing teeth twice day, although it is optimal to clean the mouth after each meal. Interdental cleaning, which refers to the process of cleaning between the teeth, is just as crucial as tooth brushing. The reason for this is that a toothbrush is unable to access the spaces between the teeth, resulting in the removal of only around 50% of plaque from the tooth surface. Various instruments, such as floss, flossettes, and interdental brushes, can be utilized for interdental cleaning. The choice of tool is a personal preference for each individual. While white or straight teeth are often linked to good oral hygiene, it is important to note that a hygienic mouth might nonetheless contain discolored or crooked teeth. Individuals may pursue tooth whitening and orthodontic treatments for aesthetic purposes. In Ayurveda, Dantadhavan Vidhi refers to the daily practice of maintaining oral hygiene as part of one's routine (Dincharya). It involves utilizing several procedures such as Dantadhavan (brushing), gandusha (gargling), and kawal (mouth rinsing).