General oral care
The importance of good oral hygiene
Developing a habit of good oral hygiene is important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Increasing brushing time with fluoride toothpaste from the average 45 seconds to 2 minutes, as recommended by dental experts, can significantly strengthen your tooth enamel, helping to protect your teeth from decay.
Dental professionals can guide their patients in proper plaque prevention at home, and help reduce the chance of both gingivitis and dental caries.
Advice for patients to combat cavities should include:
- Cut down on sugary and starchy foods.
- Brush teeth with a fluoride dentifrice twice a day for 2 minutes.
- Attend the dental office for regular six monthly checks.
Just like a primary care physician instructs a patient on what to do, so too should you instruct your patients on the proper way to develop and maintain a habit of good oral hygiene.