What is Good Oral Hygiene?

What is Good Oral Hygiene?

Nov 16, 2018

We’re told since we’re young that we should brush and floss to maintain good oral hygiene, so we follow that advice the best we can. But what does good oral hygiene really look like? At the dentistry of Dr. Al Gulum in Fresh Meadows, NY, our goal is to educate our patients on how to achieve a mouth that looks, smells, and feels healthy and help them in maintaining that health.

A healthy mouth consists of:

  • Teeth that are clean and free of debris
  • Gums that are pink and do not hurt or bleed after brushing or flossing
  • An absence of bad breath


If you do notice bleeding while brushing or flossing, or you experience pain, it’s recommended to see Dr. Al Gulum. Either of these conditions, as well as persistent bad breath, can be an indication of a dental problem.

How is good oral hygiene practiced?

Your dentist or hygienist can instruct you on good oral hygiene practices and point out certain areas of the mouth that may require extra care and attention when brushing or flossing.

Oral hygiene practices that are recommended include daily brushing and flossing, which serve as preventive steps that will help to stop problems before they can develop. This results in treatments (when they are needed) that are less painful, expensive, and worrisome than those required for more serious conditions that have been allowed to progress.

Regular visits to the dentist are also required for good oral health. These visits allow your dentist to examine your teeth to check for signs of developing issues before they get too serious and to give the teeth a thorough cleaning. In between regular visits, there are steps you can take to decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues, such as:

  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
  • Using fluoridated dental products, including toothpastes and mouth rinses
  • Ensuring that children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement

Maintaining good oral hygiene ensures that you not only feel good, but that you look good as well. Healthy teeth make it possible for you to speak properly and enjoy eating. In short, it is important to your overall well-being. Allow Dr. Al Gulum in Fresh Meadows, NY to help you enjoy healthy teeth for as long as possible.


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