Oral Hygiene Instruction

As dental health professionals, if we don’t take the time to educate our patients about oral hygiene, we are not doing our jobs at the highest possible standard. At each new patient comprehensive exam, we review the correct techniques for tooth brushing and flossing. This protocol may seem elementary to some, but you would be surprised how many people require modifications to their home care regimen. One of the most common problems we see regarding oral hygiene is the lack of flossing. Without regular flossing, approximately 35% of tooth surfaces remain unclean, collecting plaque and bacteria that contribute to the development of periodontal disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. We preach prevention, and nothing prevents one from developing oral diseases related to bacterial plaque better than adequate brushing and flossing. Not only does this prevent disease, but taking the time to brush and floss every day could potentially save you from spending thousands of dollars on dental treatment.