Tips for Good Oral Hygiene 


Brushing

Try to brush at least twice a day to prevent acid buildup from the breakdown of food by bacteria. However, if your work or activities prevent you from doing this, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the amount of food that would serve as substrate for the bacteria.



Flossing

Flossing can help you remove food particles and other detrimental substances that brushing regularly cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even mouthwash cannot wash away. We recommend flossing at least once a day.


 

Clean Your Tongue

Clean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a toothbrush or a professional tongue cleaner you can remove countless bacteria that otherwise live, particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue. These can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your dental health.


 


Avoid Tobacco

It will save you from oral cancer and periodontal complications. Tobacco can increase your risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss and delay the healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery as well as lower the success rate of dental implant procedures.

 

Limit Sugar

If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. 

 

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring.