Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Unfortunately, many people believe that simply brushing their teeth daily is enough to keep their oral hygiene in tip-top shape. However, oral hygienehealthy teeth require a few more steps than just that. Do you know the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy? Find out how you can learn and maintain great oral hygiene habits with Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, CT.

What should my oral hygiene routine include? 
Your daily routine should have room for brushing twice daily and flossing at least once. To effectively brush, use short back-and-forth motions to brush the entire area of each tooth, including the front and back. Brushing should last for at least two minutes. Floss at least once daily by using a new strand of floss for each quarter of your mouth. This cuts down on your chances of spreading bacteria from one area of your mouth to another. Finally, see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and preventative cleanings.

Oral Hygiene Tips and Tricks in Milford, CT.

  • Don’t forget your back molars: Be sure to brush and floss the back side of your last molar. This is often an overlooked area and is the perfect breeding ground for decay-causing bacteria.
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks: Sugary drinks and foods, like soda and candy, are a vice for many people. However, limiting the amount of time these substances come into contact with your teeth can help avoid tooth decay. Drink a glass of water after eating or drinking a sugary treat and try to drink your beverage all at once rather than sipping it throughout the day.
  • Do not put off seeing your dentist for a dental problem: If you feel a toothache coming on or notice an abnormality in your mouth, do not hesitate to see your dentist. These issues are at their most treatable in the earliest stages and usually require less complex procedures to repair the problem.

For more information on maintaining a great oral hygiene routine please contact Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, CT. Call (203) 878-1787 to schedule your appointment!