Importance of Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Like eating a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis, practicing good oral hygiene is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and avoiding common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. But despite the fact that practicing prevention requires significantly less time and effort than getting treatment once a problem develops, many people remain unaware of the health benefits and advantages of keeping good oral health habits. The good news is that even if you haven't flossed or been to the dentist for quite some time, it is never too late to get back on track. Dr. Denise Perrotta, a dentist in Winston Salem, NC, advises patients to follow the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines and see a dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning.
Dental Care in Winston Salem, NC
Most people know the basics of good oral hygiene - brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals, and floss at least once a day (pro tip: you don't have to floss at any particular time of day. If maintaining an evening flossing habit is difficult, floss in the morning or after lunch to make sure you're covered - consistency is more important than the time of day you choose to floss).
In addition to brushing and flossing, there are a few other factors that make up a good oral hygiene routine:
- Change your toothbrush at regular intervals (aim for every couple of months, or before the bristles become worn down)
- Make sure you brush long enough and cover the entire tooth surface
- Brush at an angle in a gentle circular motion
- Gently brush your tongue and gums as well as your teeth
- Avoid excessively sugary foods and snacks
- If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep the saliva flowing to wash away bacteria
- Avoid smoking and tobacco use
- See your dentist on a regular basis to prevent or catch problems early
Find a Dentist in Winston Salem, NC
To learn more about good oral hygiene practices and gum disease prevention, contact our office by calling (336) 760-9258 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perrotta today.