The two most common oral health concerns, tooth decay and gum disease, are both almost completely preventable with adequate oral hygiene. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with regular professional cleanings twice a year as well as caring for smiles at home. If you’d like to find out more about the most effective oral health and hygiene practices, contact the Manhattan dental office of Dr. Laura Torrado to schedule your checkup today. Patients from the Bronx, Brooklyn, and other areas are welcome to visit our Central Park South dentistry practice.
What are the Consequences of Poor Oral Hygiene?
Without the proper care at home, patients may suffer numerous oral health concerns, most frequently tooth decay and gum disease. These issues can snowball, leading to a lifetime of dental pain, tooth loss, and unsightly smiles. Some of the common concerns associated with poor hygiene include tooth loss, chronic bad breath (halitosis), and severe dental staining and discoloration.
What is a Good Oral Hygiene Routine?
The most important parts of every at-home hygiene routine are regular tooth brushing and flossing. As long as you’re brushing two times each day and flossing at least once, the majority of oral health concerns should be prevented. You can make the most of your at-home oral hygiene routine by doing the following:
- Brush teeth for at least two minutes at a time two times each day
- Brush teeth systematically rather than randomly (for example brush just the top left teeth for 30 seconds, then the top right, then the bottom left, then the bottom right)
- Brush the front facing, back facing, and biting surfaces of teeth
- Floss gently, but bring the floss all the way below the gum line
- Make sure to move floss back and forth over both sides of each tooth to remove stuck on plaque