Proper oral hygiene is the best way to avoid dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Here are some basic guidelines to follow when practicing good oral hygiene:
Eliminate food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay. Floss first by cleaning in between each tooth.
- After flossing, brush your teeth, gums, and tongue for at least two minutes.
- A good rule of thumb is to brush after each meal.
- If you have a bridge or other dental appliance be sure to clean around them as well.
- Keep floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush in your purse, your desk, and car.
- If you can’t brush and floss, at least rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar free gum after eating to remove food particles around your teeth.
Lastly, have your teeth examined and cleaned your dentist every six months. Only a dental professional can diagnose and treat some of the more serious oral diseases. Give us a call to set up an appointment for personalized care instructions tailored to meet your specific needs at 919-362-6789.