Good oral hygiene is the first step in the prevention of oral diseases. Decay and periodontal disease also known as gum disease is preventable. As dental professionals we know that what our patients do each day to prevent oral disease is vital. It is recommended to brush for 2-4 minutes two times per day, after breakfast and just before bed.
Brushing at the gum line on the inner and outer surfaces, the chewing surfaces and the tongue are all areas that need brushing. Only use a brush with soft bristles and use a fluoride based toothpaste. Floss once before bed to remove food and bacteria between the teeth.
Oral rinses may be used in addition to brushing and flossing. Avoid rinses with high alcohol content like (Listerine) which can dry the mouth and cause the tissues to burn. Fluoride rinses like (ACT) may help to prevent decay. Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after fluoride rinses. (Biotene) is a good oral rinse for dry mouth symptoms.