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In order to have a healthy smile, there are a few hygiene habits you need to maintain. Many of us learned about these habits when we were children–but it’s a good idea to review and improve on your techniques! Let’s cover some at-home dental basics.

Brush: This one is the easiest to remember: brush your teeth for two minutes, twice per day. Just think “2×2” and you’ve got it down! Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and don’t brush too hard, else you can damage your gum tissues and tooth enamel. Think more “massage” than “scrub.” Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

Floss: You need to floss your teeth, every day. This should only take about two to three minutes per session, and it is worth it. It doesn’t matter if you brush first or floss first, as long as both get done. If traditional flossing is hard for you, talk to your doctor for interdental cleaning alternatives.

Mouthwash: Many people choose to include mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) in their oral hygiene routine. If you choose to do this, buy and use what is referred to as “therapeutic” mouthwash. Therapeutic mouthwash is designed to actually kill bacteria, rather than to simply mask the scent of bad breath.

For more information, call Jupina Dental in Hayward, California, at 510.783.1414. Dr. Joan M. Jupina and our team are happy to help keep your smile healthy!