Proper Techniques for Oral Hygiene from a Family Dentist

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A family dentist is a great resource to utilize when looking for ways to practice good oral hygiene. Both adults and children need to practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis to ensure that their teeth and gums remain in good shape. Outside of visiting a family dentist on a regular basis, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking to properly practice good oral hygiene. 

The importance of a proper oral hygiene routine

Family dentists not only monitor patients' oral health, but they also help teach them proper techniques for practicing good oral hygiene at home. Many are under the impression that a quick brush or flossing a few times a week does the job. However, there are certain techniques to be used in order to properly brush and floss. When proper oral hygiene techniques are practices, the teeth and gums are much more likely to remain in good health. 

The right way to perform oral hygiene

Outlined below are a few tips for performing oral hygiene from a family dentist. 

Brushing teeth

It is essential for everyone to not rush when brushing their teeth, as this does not support proper tooth brushing. Instead, it is necessary for everyone to brush their teeth for a minimum of two minutes, a short amount of time to spend on proper brushing. Family dentists recommend the use of a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste, as this supports the health of one’s teeth and gums. Holding the toothbrush at a 45° angle while using small circular motions also helps to ensure that every single tooth is thoroughly cleaned.

Flossing teeth

In order to experience good oral health, it is necessary to floss at least once every single day. The floss should be wrapped around the thumb and forefinger, making sure there are about two inches of floss in between. The next step is to carefully lower the floss in between the teeth and then gently rub the floss on each side of each tooth. Flossing should be done before brushing, as removing any hidden food particles from the teeth before brushing ensures that the toothbrush will reach all of a tooth’s surfaces.


Because there are so many different types of mouthwashes that are available, patients can ask their family dentist for their professional advice on which mouthwash is right for them. While therapeutic mouthwashes offer users a variety of benefits, like anti-bacterial and plaque control, there are also cosmetic mouthwashes that can be used. The proper technique for using mouthwash requires patients to swish it around in their mouth for a certain amount of time, e.g., 30 seconds, 60 seconds.

How is your oral hygiene?

When looking to improve oral hygiene techniques, it can be helpful to consult with a family dentist directly. Specific tips can be provided that will help encourage a better hygiene routine, thus improving oral health. To find out more, reach out today!

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Neveen ElgawlyNeveen Elgawly
21:51 15 Sep 22
They have a great team, price is very reasonable and excellent customer service. My first time there and it won’t be my last. I highly recommend the place for anyone who is looking for a professional dental practice.
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04:55 22 Jul 22
Super friendly, courteous, & helpful staff. Dr. Olga herself is a fountain of knowledge who's really clear and easy to talk to.
Amy BalrajAmy Balraj
22:53 18 Jul 22
I recently moved to the area and the only reason I keep coming here is because of Dr.Philip. She is extremely personable and gentle. She doesn’t force you to do anything and you’re welcome to ask as many questions as you need. I never wait long and the rest of the staff is extremely friendly. Definitely come to Paramus Dental Arts
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17:17 04 May 22
Such a clean facility! Dr. Anju was amazing, such a pleasant teeth cleaning. Wanda was also so nice, very helpful and informative. Overall, amazing experience. Booked my next appointment already. Definitely recommend.Great atmosphere!
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19:24 07 Mar 22
I absolutely love this place. Today was my first time coming here and the experience was nothing but pleasant. The two ladies at the front desk were super friendly and had great personalities. The dental hygienist and the doctor were super professional and friendly and got done everything I needed to get done and guided me on how to get myself to where I want. I will be coming back and this place deserves more then 5 stars! Thank you!