A good oral hygiene routine practiced just a few minutes, twice per day, can help reduce your risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. The following practices are effective ways to protect your teeth and gums.
- Brush teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss and/or use another between-the-tooth cleaner daily to remove plaque and bits of food from areas that a toothbrush cannot reach.
- If you need extra help controlling gingivitis and plaque, your dentist or hygienist may recommend using an ADA-accepted, germ-fighting mouth rinse or other oral hygiene aids.
- Eat a balanced diet for good general health and limit snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which traps bacteria along the gum line.