Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

Want to improve your overall dental health? It’s actually surprisingly easy.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy won’t just result in glistening teeth and beautiful pink gums, it’s also a window into your overall health. From gum disease to cavities, not taking care of your smile can lead to some serious problems (ones that we know you want to avoid). From the office of our Ormond Beach, FL, dentist Dr. Brian Yoon, DDS, MAGD, here are some of the top ways to improve your current oral hygiene routine,

Brush at least twice a day

It’s important that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque and food from your teeth. This will ensure that plaque doesn’t have any time to accumulate or damage healthy tooth enamel. Each time you brush, remember to brush for 2 minutes (Set a timer to keep you honest!).

Choose the Ideal toothbrush for you

Some people enjoy using a manual toothbrush while others swear by electric toothbrushes. Whatever toothbrush makes it easy for you to brush and brush properly is the right one for you. Some people do find that maneuvering an electric toothbrush is easier because it applies the right amount of pressure on your teeth without damaging enamel. Just remember that whichever type of toothbrush you choose you’ll need to replace the toothbrush head regularly (every two to four months).

Floss every day

Along with brushing, flossing is another habit you cannot afford to neglect. If you aren’t flossing daily, then you aren’t keeping your smile as clean as possible. Some people feel intimidated by the simple act of flossing. If this is you, our Ormond Beach, FL, dentist can happily show you proper flossing techniques during your next checkup. Flossing at least once a day is the only way to ensure that food and plaque is thoroughly removed from between teeth (not even brushing can do that).

Limit Sugar

We know that this isn’t exactly an easy habit to adopt; after all; sugar is found in so many things (in fact, it’s probably in a lot more foods than you realize). As you probably already know, a diet that is high in sugar will feed bad bacteria, and greatly increase your risk for cavities and gum disease. While we know that saying “no” to sugar all the time isn’t realistic, it’s important to enjoy sugary snacks and desserts in moderation.

Yoon Dentistry is here for you whenever you need it most. To keep our patients safe during the pandemic we have temporarily pauses all routine and non-essential dental appointments. We are able to consult via phone + text/email for a teledentistry consultation. However, if you are dealing with a true dental emergency, our Ormond Beach, FL, family dentist can still provide you with dental care. Call (386) 672-2828. Stay healthy and safe, everyone!

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