Dentists will be the first to tell you that meticulous oral hygiene is the key indicator of healthy teeth and gums. While having a dental plan that incorporates annual cleanings and oral screenings is a step in the right direction, the real work begins at home, consistently on a daily basis. Practicing oral hygiene is the easiest way to avoid negative outcomes when it comes to your teeth and gums.


When it comes to brushing your teeth, the American Dental Association recommends waiting 60 minutes before brushing after every meal. This gives saliva the chance to naturally break down food to help with oral care as well as aid in digestion. From there, it’s recommended to brush your teeth after every meal. It’s a good idea to carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste on your person, as you work or travel, giving you the ability to maintain the ultimate care possible.


Unlike brushing, Flossing should be reserved for the morning and night. Upon waking and before sleeping, giving your teeth a thorough flossing is the best way to remove plaque and debris. Flossing should be done in a gentle up-and-down motion between each tooth. It’s important to reach the gums without penetrating too deeply. 

A small amount of bleeding is healthy, however, if you are experiencing excessive bleeding, there is a chance you are flossing too roughly. It’s important to take your time, maximizing the surface area of the tooth while maintaining moderate levels of intensity.


After brushing and flossing, it’s always good to rinse well with an approved antibacterial mouthwash. In doing so, you will treat germs within the mouth as well as mitigate infection from any damage presented to the gum line. If you are finding yourself struggling to find time to brush after every meal, mouthwash can be a good alternative for enhancing oral hygiene throughout the day.

 Food for Thought.

As the old adage states, you are what you eat. Focusing on a healthy diet filled with protein, fruits, and vegetables is a safe alternative to processed foods or sugars. Having a healthy balanced diet is another safe method of maintaining good oral hygiene, giving enamel the nutrients it needs to fight off plaque, decay, and disease.

Red Bank Smiles specializes in oral hygiene and preventative measures that promote healthy teeth and gum. If your appointments have lapsed or you have neglected to visit the Dentist, schedule an appointment today.