Oral Hygiene

What is the single most important thing a person can do to improve his or her oral health?

Practice effective plaque control by daily brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. This gets rid of harmful bacteria and micro-organisms that can contribute to oral disease.

My observations of 36 years in dental practice are that fewer than 1 in 10 patients brush and floss correctly or make the commitment for consistency. The failure of proper brushing and flossing directly contributes to dental decay (caries) and gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis). Oral inflammation is being directly implicated in various medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and possibly obesity.