Since grade school, we’ve been lectured about daily brushing and flossing, but are those the only habits necessary to keep a healthy mouth? Oral health is a critical factor in maintaining overall wellness. Long-term good hygiene habits keep pearly whites sparkling, bad breath in check, and prevent more painful issues from surfacing in the first place.

Most everyone has brushed and flossed their teeth for years. Even so, most of us are surprised to learn that we are not doing it adequately to prevent tooth decay and gum deterioration. Check this out. Did you know that proper brushing takes at least two minutes? Most of us are surprised to hear that they have been doing such a daily activity wrong their entire life.

Please follow the following steps as the easiest ways to remember how to care for your mouth, teeth, and gums:

  • Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Most experts feel that fluoride toothpaste is the best option. The most important times to brush are first thing in the morning and before bedtime
  • Floss every day – usually at bedtime
  • The next task is good for your mouth health and your waistline. Limit or avoid snacking.
  • Visit your dentist every six months. It is recommended that you have a professional cleaning and an oral exam at least twice a year to maintain a healthy mouth. It’s easy to guide your family toward good oral health. All it takes is the right information and a little practice to keep them moving in the right direction!