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Dental Hygiene - Good oral hygiene promotes healthy teeth.
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Fact: Good dental hygiene is essential for healthy teeth. Myth: Most people have mastered their oral hygiene basics. You challenge? We only say myth because we know that good oral hygiene is way too easy to put off (think of all the times you went to bed without brushing your teeth and flossing). Plus, we know that things can happen and those twice yearly dental visits can get delayed. But the fact is dental visits are a must for optimal dental health; so are the tools you need to practice good oral hygiene habits — a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. But with so many oral hygiene products out there, how do you pick? The articles in this dental hygiene resource will get you started in the right direction.

Dental Hygiene FAQs

Q: What does "good oral hygiene" really mean?
A: The phrase "good oral hygiene" refers to the three things you should do to take care of your teeth: 1) brush and floss daily; 2) eat a well-balanced diet; and 3) visit the dentist on a regular basis. These dental hygiene basics shouldn't be taken lightly; together, they help prevent dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease and can keep your breath fresh not foul. Plus, practicing good oral hygiene can not only save your teeth — it can save you money too.

Q: What should a parent know about oral hygiene for children?
A: The first thing to keep in mind is that good oral hygiene starts from day one. Even when a child doesn't have teeth, it's still important to care for an infant's gums by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth or gauze after every feeding.

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