What is good oral hygiene?

The first step to a brighter, healthier smile begins at home. If your smile is not properly cared for, degenerative conditions, such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease may begin to develop. During your first dental visit and subsequent check-ups, we will provide you with detailed oral hygiene instructions to help you treat your smile when not at our office. This includes preventive and restorative measures. To promote good dental hygiene in Burlington, North Carolina, Dr. Monahan will suggest some of the following instructions, amongst many, to help care for your smile:

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day
  • Floss teeth daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking between meals
  • Use toothpaste and mouthwash enriched with fluoride

Our knowledgeable dentist and dental team will provide you with all the information and tools necessary to help you form good oral hygiene habits. A few ways to know if your smile is healthy includes teeth that are clean and free of debris, gums that are a healthy pink color and do not hurt or bleed, and an absence of bad breath. If you are concerned that poor dental hygiene has damaged your smile, or if you want to learn more about how to care for your teeth at home, we invite you to contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.