General Oral Health

Knowing the basics of good oral hygiene can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your teeth down the road.

What is Good Oral Hygiene?

Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:

Your teeth are clean and free of debris

Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss

Bad breath is not a constant problem

How is Good Oral Hygiene Practiced?

Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily

Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals

Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste

Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist tells you to.

Why is Good Oral Hygiene Important?

Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral hygiene is important to your overall well-being.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

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