Everyone does it, but some people are better at keeping up than others. What exactly makes for good oral hygiene? It’s a question that’s asked all the time, whether it’s about the necessity of floss or mouthwash, all the way to how many times a year you should visit the dentist. This month, we wanted to review the basic principles for keeping your teeth healthy and clean.
Good oral hygiene means that you’re maintaining a mouth that is looks and smells clean, and ultimately healthy. This entails making sure your teeth are clean and free of excess food, or other debris and that your gums are pink and do not bleed when you brush and floss. If you’re experiencing discomfort when brushing and flossing, or have persistent bad breath, please consult an oral health expert as this could be a symptom of a larger issue. Staying on top of regular cleanings is essential for your teeth and gums, and ensures that you are able to look and feel good, as well as eat and speak properly.
Daily care will help stop problems before they even begin, so it’s important to develop a routine and stick to it. This should include brushing thoroughly twice a day, and flossing once daily, as well as using dental products that contain fluoride, like toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride will help slow tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy. It’s also crucial for your oral health to follow a healthy and and balanced diet, making sure to limit snacks between meals. This will cut down on detritus build up between teeth during the day.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your hygiene routine, ask your specialist at your next visit or give us a call at 508-872-4897 to schedule an appointment.