Oral Hygiene Care
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss at least once daily.
- Eat a well balanced diet and limit snacks between meals.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Insure that children under 16 years of age drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated community.
Brushing should be done in a gentle motion with the toothbrush positioned at the gumline at a 45 degree angle.
Flossing is important to clean between your teeth and below your gums. We recommend flossing with a woven or waxed floss. For those that have difficulty using their fingers to floss, floss-aids are available.