Dental Hygiene – Best Practices

Dental Hygiene – Best Practices

Dental (oral) hygiene, or keeping your mouth, teeth and gums clean is an essential part of your overall health. Proper tooth brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings and checks can help prevent bad breath, cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), and even certain mouth cancers. There are many easy ways to easily care for your mouth, teeth and gums to keep you healthy and smiling.

Dental hygiene best practices include:

  • Gently brush your teeth and tongue with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day (after each meal is best, if you are unable to brush after eating, rinse your mouth with water)
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Use a mouthwash along with brushing and flossing – not in place of them
  • Limit sugary and acidic drinks and foods, such as soda, fruit juices, coffee, alcohol, candy and desserts
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Visit a dentist every six months for professional cleanings and examinations
  • Maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet

Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, gastric reflux disease (heartburn), and illnesses associated with regular vomiting can contribute to significant problems with your teeth and gums if not well controlled. So be sure to always discuss with your dentist, your medical history and any prescription or over-the-counter medicines you take. Smoking, using chewing tobacco and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol have been linked to increased dental disease, consider quitting for your overall health and a healthier mouth and smile.

From routine, preventative care to the most complex dental diseases, the team at Whittier Street Health Center’s Dental Department is here to help. High quality dental care services including: x-rays, professional cleanings, fillings, crowns, dentures, root canals, orthodontics, extractions, dental implants and tooth whitening are offered at affordable rates.

Call today to schedule your next dental visit. Your healthy teeth, gums and smile will thank you!

For more information contact Whittier Street Health Center’s Oral Health Services at (617) 989-3240 or (617) 989-3181.

Additional Resources:

Colgate: Oral Care Center

World Health Organization:

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).