Keeping good oral hygiene habits helps you maintain healthier teeth and gums by preventing the development of cavities, gum disease, and other problems. Good oral hygiene habits include brushing and flossing daily, limiting sugary foods and beverages in the diet, and visiting the dentist regularly for a dental exam and professional cleaning. At Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA, Dr. Alan Myers and Dr. Eliza Myers are your dentists for regular exams and cleanings.
Good Oral Hygiene
Developing an oral hygiene routine is an effective way to help you maintain good habits. Several habits, such as brushing and flossing daily, should be included in your routine for the healthiest mouth possible. Also important is stopping certain habits that can adversely affect oral health. Such habits include frequent consumption of sugary foods and beverages, as well as smoking and the use of tobacco products. Your dentist can recommend other ways to improve oral health. A good oral hygiene routine includes the following habits:
- A dental exam and professional cleaning every six months
- Brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush
- Flossing between teeth daily
- Limiting dietary intake of sugary foods and drinks
- Avoiding or stopping smoking
Importance of Proper Brushing
An important aspect of a good oral hygiene routine is brushing the teeth regularly. The teeth should be brushed at least twice a day using a toothpaste containing fluoride. Additionally, use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is gentle on the gums and brush gently to avoid being too abrasive. Take your time when brushing, as well. Being hasty when brushing can cause you to miss certain spots where cavity-causing bacteria might be hiding. Finally, be sure to brush all surfaces areas of the teeth, tongue, and gums for a thorough cleaning.
Part of keeping good oral hygiene habits is visiting a dentist regularly for a thorough dental exam and cleaning. The dentist can identify potential oral health concerns early so they can be remedied before the problem progresses. To schedule a dental exam and cleaning with either Dr. Alan or Eliza Myers, call Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA at (706) 738-7742.