Oral Hygiene Instructions

Good oral hygiene is the foundation for healthy teeth and gums. It also reduces the risk of future dental problems and improves breath odor.


Dental hygienists are trained to give oral health instructions, tailored to each patient’s needs. These may include the use of plaque retentive aids such as disclosing tablets, information leaflets and dietary advice.


Flossing is an important part of dental hygiene that removes plaque and food from between teeth, areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. The benefits of flossing include a healthy mouth, fresh breath, and reduced risk for gum disease. It also helps prevent cavities and other dental problems.

It is recommended that you floss once daily before bedtime. The best way to ensure that you are flossing correctly is to ask a dentist or dental hygienist for help. When you are flossing, make sure to use a clean section of floss each time you go between teeth. Never snap the floss into the gums, and be gentle when guiding it between your teeth to avoid irritating your gum tissue.

When flossing, make sure to gently move the floss up and down between each tooth, going beneath the gum line where bacteria is known to accumulate heavily. The ADA recommends using a slow, smooth motion to avoid cutting or bruising your gum tissue.

A good quality floss will be able to slide easily between each tooth, and it should not clump or become stuck in a space. You should also discard the used floss and rinse your mouth with water after you are done. It is recommended that you begin flossing as soon as you have two abutting teeth, and this habit will help to maintain good oral health throughout your life.


Mouthwash is a rinsing liquid that can help prevent a number of dental health issues, such as gingivitis and tooth decay. This is because mouthwash typically contains ingredients that help reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth and gums. It can also kill bacteria and strengthen your enamel. Some mouthwashes even contain ingredients to whiten your teeth.

Using mouthwash should be done after brushing and flossing as a way to rinse away any remaining food particles and bacteria. When choosing a mouthwash, look for one that is ADA-approved. This will ensure that the mouthwash has been tested and proven to effectively clean your teeth and gums.

Some types of mouthwash also have the ability to improve your breath. This is because they often contain antimicrobial and other ingredients that can help inhibit odor-causing sulfur compounds. Additionally, some mouthwashes can reduce the bacteria that cause gingivitis by killing them.

The amount of mouthwash you use is based on your current oral health and what you are trying to accomplish with it. For example, if you are looking to whiten your teeth, choose a mouthwash that is specifically designed for this purpose. Similarly, if you are trying to combat bad breath, make sure you choose a mouthwash that has halitosis-fighting ingredients. Also, if you have any open sores or lesions in your mouth, talk to your dentist before using mouthwash to avoid irritating the area.