Oral Hygiene Instructions For the Whole Family

Oral hygiene instructions are important for the whole family to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This includes regular brushing and flossing, and avoiding sweetened drinks.


Oral health is directly related to whole-body health. Many diseases that affect the mouth can spread through the bloodstream, leading to other health concerns.

Floss Daily

Flossing is one of the most important steps in maintaining oral health. It removes plaque buildup and food debris from between teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. The tight gaps and spaces between teeth are the perfect hiding place for harmful bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. The best time to floss is before brushing your teeth in the morning and again before you go to bed, but you can do it anytime throughout the day.

Start by breaking off a section of floss about 18 inches long and wind most of it around your index finger and thumbs. Keep a strand of floss between your fingers and thumbs, and guide it between each tooth using a rubbing motion. When you get to the gum line, gently curve the strand around the base of the tooth and slide it under the gum tissue of the adjoining tooth. Gently squeeze and scrub the surface of each tooth, and when you are done, remove the floss and unwind a fresh strand.

It is recommended that you floss every day and see your dentist for routine cleanings and checkups. These visits are a great opportunity for hygienists to clean your teeth and remove any hardened plaque and tartar, and the dentist will look for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, and cavities.

See Your Dentist Regularly

A major part of good oral hygiene is scheduling and attending regular dental appointments with your dentist. Your dentist and dental hygienist are able to spot warning signs of problems like cavities, gum disease and tooth cracks early on, which allows them to stop these issues before they become more serious.

During your visits, your dentist will give you tips and tricks on brushing and flossing correctly, and they will be able to recommend dental hygiene products that are best for your teeth. In addition to a professional dental cleaning, your dentist can remove hardened plaque and tartar that you can’t easily get rid of with brushing and flossing at home.

In general, you should see your dentist every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. However, it’s important to talk with your dentist about the best schedule for you, as everyone is different. Some people, including smokers, pregnant women and those with diabetes or gum disease, are at a higher risk for oral health issues and may need to visit their dentist more often than others.

By practicing daily oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly and following their recommendations, you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles! If you are interested in learning more about our dental services or are ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today!