Proper oral hygiene is the best way to avoid dental problems such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Here are some basic oral hygiene guidelines:
Eliminate food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay. Floss first by cleaning in between each tooth. If you have a bridge or other dental appliance be sure to clean around them as well. After flossing, brush your teeth, gums and tongue for at least two minutes. A good rule of thumb is to brush after each meal. Keep floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush in your purse, your desk and car. If you can’t brush and floss, at least rinse your mouth with water after eating to remove food particles around your teeth. Avoid mouthwashes that have alcohol listed as an ingredient. Try a mouthwash that has chlorine dioxide listed in the ingredients. This compound attacks the odor-causing bacteria instead of masking it like most mouthwashes.
Lastly, have your teeth examined and cleaned your dentist every six months. Only a dental professional can diagnose and treat some of the more serious oral diseases.