Instructions for Good Oral Hygiene

Jul 17th, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

Good Oral HygieneGood oral hygiene can mean different things to different people, but what does your dentist recommend? The truth is that many people often fall short of maintaining optimal oral care. Because your oral health can affect your overall wellbeing, Dr. Moiceanu recommends combining superior dental care with a healthy lifestyle to ensure continued health. Practicing good oral hygiene will ensure that your teeth are clean, your gums are pink and healthy, and your breath smells fresh.

How do I practice good oral hygiene?

  • Brushing. You should brush at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush that comfortably fits your mouth and easily reaches all tooth surfaces. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush one tooth at a time using small circles, paying extra attention to the areas around the gumline.
  • Flossing. You should floss before you brush your teeth to loosen stubborn food particles and bacteria. Gently slide the floss between your teeth with a sawing motion. Make sure that you cover the base of each tooth, going beneath the gumline.
  • Fluoride. Acidic foods and drinks attack the tooth enamel, and fluoride is your best ally in combating acid erosion. Always choose toothpastes containing fluoride, and make sure your children drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if your water supply is not fluoridated.
  • Healthy Diet. A balanced diet that is low in sugars and starches helps protect your teeth from enamel erosion and decay. If you do eat starchy foods, consume them with a larger meal to minimize their acidity. Avoid frequent snacking between meals. If you must snack, choose healthy options such as cheese and yogurt rather than sweets and starches.

Why do I need to see a dentist if I practice good oral hygiene?

Sometimes, despite rigorous oral care at home, you will develop dental problems anyway. This can be due to a number of factors, including chronic illnesses or the medications you are taking. Regular checkups with Dr. Moiceanu every six months will ensure that he detects and treats problems in their earliest stages so that you do not need to undergo more extensive procedures later on. Dr. Moiceanu can also help prevent gum disease and tooth decay with professional cleanings that go deeper than what you can do at home.

To learn more about good oral hygiene or to schedule your next checkup, call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222. Hilltop Family Dental treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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