Oral Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

  • Introduction
  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Diet Control
  • Dental Visits

The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and turn into plaque, eventually leading to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss.

Good dental hygiene can help avoid costly treatment in the future. Click on the buttons to the left to learn more about how to maintain your healthy smile.

  • Step 1
    Flossing - Step 1

    Floss at least once a day. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser and wrap the ends tightly around your middle fingers.

  • Step 2
    Flossing - Step 2

    Gently guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, including the back teeth, to remove any food particles or plaque.

  • Step 3
    Flossing - Step 3

    Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end.

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Diet Control

A healthy, well-balanced diet can minimize or even completely prevent cavities and other dental problems. Limit your intake of sugary and starchy foods like candies, cookies, chips and crackers. Healthier foods, such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, are not only better for your overall health, but they can promote stronger, healthier teeth as well.

Dental Visits

You should visit your general dentist twice a year (once every six months). In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is vital to have professional cleanings and regular check-ups. Your dentist will examine your teeth and provide an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed treatment. If you have a dental emergency, you should call your dentist immediately.