Good oral hygiene is the first step toward the prevention of oral diseases. Caries and periodontal disease, also known as decay and gum disease respectively, are preventable. As dental professionals, we know that what our patients do each day to prevent oral disease is vital. It is recommended to brush for at least 2 minutes both after breakfast and before bed, but preferably after each meal or snack. Brushing the teeth at the gum line and brushing the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of the teeth and the tongue are all areas that need routine brushing to remove bacteria containing plaque and debris. Only use a brush with soft bristles and fluoride-containing toothpaste. Floss after each meal or snack to remove food and bacteria between the teeth. Oral rinses may be used in addition to brushing and flossing. Fluoride rinses like ACT may help to prevent decay. Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after fluoride rinses. Biotene is a good oral rinse for dry mouth symptoms. Please ask our hygienists for personal one-on-one instruction for improving home hygiene care.