Important Daily Oral Hygiene Habits

Posted on: May 16, 2018

Oral hygiene is essential for beautiful teeth, fresh breath and overarching physical health. Yet, many people do not know the proper techniques of proper oral hygiene. Do not feel bad if you are not exactly sure which habits belong in your daily oral hygiene regimen. Here are a few daily oral hygiene habits that you can benefit from.

With dedication and effort, you can continue to keep your teeth healthy while also improving the appearance of your smile.


These are the oral hygiene habits you will want to pick up.

Be Consistent

While bi-annual dental cleanings at the dentist's office are certainly important, your own actions dictate your degree of oral health. Consistency is the name of the game. Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth after each meal or at least three times per day.

Do your best to floss following your meals as well. Stick with this frequency of cleanings and it will not be long until your oral health routine is second nature.

Focus on Quantity as Well as Quality

If you struggle to brush for a full two minutes, segue to an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer. Set the timer for two minutes to guarantee your teeth are cleaned to perfection. However, it is not only the length of time that matters in the context of brushing but also the manner in which you clean your teeth. If you brush of floss improperly, then you will only cause more damage instead of good.

Mind Your Brushing Technique: Clean the Entirety of Your Mouth

Move your toothpaste-laden toothbrush head over the front and back of your teeth in small circles. Clean every single tooth in your mouth. Do not stop after you have moved the toothbrush over your teeth. If the toothpaste is depleted, add some more to your toothbrush and continue cleaning your tongue, the roof of your mouth and the insides of your cheeks.

Flossing Technique Also Matters

Too many people rush through flossing by simply moving the floss up and down between the teeth. You paid good money for your floss so take the time necessary to get the most utility out of it. Glide the floss down between each of your teeth on into the gums and to form the shape of the letter “C.” Lift the floss out in a gentle manner to remove the bacteria, plaque and food debris from beneath the gum line.

Rinse With Mouthwash

Most dentists recommend rinsing between flossing and brushing. This way, you can leave the toothpaste directly on your teeth after brushing so its fluoride fortifies your teeth. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash designed to fight cavities and whiten the teeth.

While this is not an official endorsement, most dentists recommend the use of ACT restoring mouthwash. This mouthwash is ideal for people with a myriad of oral health problems as well as those with perfectly healthy teeth and gums.

For more oral hygiene tips or to schedule a dental check-up with Palm Beach Dentistry, request an appointment in our Delray Beach dental office here: Or call us at (561) 272-4110.

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