What is good dental hygiene?

While visiting the dentist on a regular basis is very important to maintaining good oral health, it is even more important that you care for your smile on a daily basis through good dental hygiene. This includes practicing a number of habits that all contribute to a healthy, beautiful smile. As part of good dental hygiene, our dentist and dental team recommend that you:

  • Brush your teeth after each meal or at least two times every day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss at least once a day. The most important time to floss is right before you go to sleep at night, but you can floss more than once a day, such as after meals.
  • Maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Avoiding excessive consumption of very sugary and acidic foods can help to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems.
  • Use any other dental care products, such as mouth rinse, as directed by your dentist.

These steps are simple yet essential. In addition to maintaining these dental hygiene habits, we encourage you to come to Great Grins at least twice each year for a routine dental exam and cleaning. To learn more about dental hygiene in Richmond, Kentucky, and to set up your next visit with Dr. Susan A. Vanstone, we encourage you to contact us today. We are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health!