Essential Oral Hygiene Tips

Oral hygiene – it’s more than just a routine. It’s the key to a radiant smile, a healthy mouth, and a confident you. So, what is oral hygiene? Well, in a nutshell, it’s the art of taking care of your mouth and teeth. Every dentist and orthodontist, including Dr. Amir Davoody at Davoody & Hablinski Orthodontics, recommends paying close attention to your oral health. After all, a healthy mouth is a gateway to overall well-being, and it’s a journey that knows no age limits.


Let’s delve into the secrets of maintaining impeccable oral hygiene and preserving those pearly whites for a lifetime.

  1. Brushing: The cornerstone of good oral hygiene is brushing. To maximize the benefits, consider switching to an electric toothbrush with soft bristles. However, if you prefer a manual toothbrush, make sure it has soft bristles. Hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short, circular strokes to gently clean each tooth. Brush at least twice a day, or ideally after every meal and before bedtime. Don’t forget to cover the front and back surfaces of all your upper and lower teeth. And here’s a pro tip: don’t neglect your tongue! For best results, replace your toothbrush every three months to ensure its effectiveness.
  1. FlossingOral hygiene isn’t just about your teeth; it’s also about the spaces in between. Flossing is a vital technique to remove bacteria from those hard-to-reach areas. Start with an 18-inch piece of dental floss, wrapping most of it around one middle finger and a smaller amount around the other. Glide the floss carefully up and down between each tooth, forming a gentle C-shape as you reach the gum line. As you move from one tooth to the next, unwind fresh floss from one hand while winding the used floss onto the other.
  1. MouthwashConsider incorporating mouthwash into your routine. It’s a powerful ally that can reach places your toothbrush and floss may miss. Today, there are numerous high-quality mouthwash brands available, some of which not only combat cavities but also strengthen tooth enamel, ensuring you’re protected from the dreaded “bad breath factor.”

Remember, when it comes to maintaining oral hygiene, your choice of oral care products matters. Not all toothbrushes or mouthwashes are created equal. So, choose wisely, and don’t hesitate to seek guidance from your dentist or contact us with any questions you have or to schedule a complimentary initial consultation.