Oral Hygiene Maintenance
Oral hygiene maintenance is something that’s usually accomplished at home more than the dentist’s office. This involves a consistent and thorough brushing at least twice a day, flossing, rinsing, etc. When going to the dentist, they will check to see how your oral hygiene is going. They may even offer suggestions for improving your routine.
ORAL HYGIENE MAINTENANCE
Brushing is one of the most important aspects of oral maintenance. At minimum, patients should be brushing thoroughly at least twice a day. Using a soft to medium toothbrush is suggested. On top of that, patients should be careful to not brush too hard since this can irritate the gums and cause them to bleed.
Flossing is important because it reaches in between the teeth and under the gum along the teeth in order to remove particles that weren’t removed by brushing. Flossing after each meal or at least after brushing is suggested. Keeping floss with you while on the go is a great way to help ensure you’re fitting in your flossing each day.
MORE ABOUT ORAL HYGIENE MAINTENANCE
Mouthwash is often seen as an optional aspect to oral hygiene maintenance. However, it shouldn’t be seen in this manner since it’s also a vital step to keeping teeth in tip-top shape. Mouthwash reaches all the crooks and crannies that brushing and flossing can’t reach. This helps removes germs, bad bacteria, etc. that can cause bad breath and decay.
As a part of oral hygiene maintenance, foods like junk food, soda, etc. should be avoided as much as possible. Alleviating multiple snacks in between meals is also a great way to help keep your teeth healthy. These kinds of foods and drinks can cause decay or plaque buildup, especially if a patient’s routine isn’t consistent.
If you’re unsure about your oral hygiene maintenance and would like to come in for a checkup, give us a call!