Oral Hygiene Instruction

Dentists/Dental Hygienists will teach specific oral hygiene instructions to you, depending on your existing dental conditions, of which will include:


If you’re using a manual toothbrush, hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use short strokes to move the brush over every 2 teeth. Be sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, including the front and back sides of all your upper and lower teeth. Take enough time to do a thorough job—up to 2 minutes each. Also, gently brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria that will help give you fresher breath. Replace your toothbrush every three months. Watch out for over brushing, which may result in receding gums.


You have to apply flossing after every meal time to remove bacteria from areas between the teeth that are hard to reach by brushing alone. To floss your teeth, start with a 10 to 18-inch piece of floss, Move the floss carefully up and down between each tooth, and make a C-shape with the floss as you reach the gum line. As you move from tooth to tooth, unwind new floss from one hand and wind the used floss onto the other hand.


Rinsing with a mouthwash can get to places that your toothbrush and even the deep cleaning of floss can miss. Look for a mouthwash that contains fluoride, because fluoride is proven to strengthen enamel and fight cavities. A dental rinse is often recommended for additional oral hygiene if you wear braces.