oral hygiene

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The practice of personal maintenance and cleanliness of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Oral hygiene instruction involves instruction on the use of a variety of oral hygiene aids including toothbrushes, toothpaste (dentifrice), dental floss, dental tape, interdental brushes, wood points, and disclosing agents, and why these may be of benefit. See also plaque control.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Dentistry.

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