Last time, we went over two key aspects of building a great oral health routine: brushing your teeth, and cleaning your tongue. Here, we look at three more:


Flossing is one of the most important aspects of a proper oral hygiene routine. It should be performed once a day, every day. Flossing is essential for cleaning between your teeth. It removes food particles and helps to combat plaque buildup. Be sure to floss between every single tooth, and to floss beneath the gumline. If you haven’t flossed regularly, you may notice some blood when you start up again. There are a variety of flosses on the market that are geared towards people with sensitive gums that can help with this.


You should be rinsing your mouth each time you brush your teeth or floss. Rinsing helps to remove any missed food particles, fights plaque, and combats bad breath. Be sure to rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds.

Regular checkups

Finally, you should be seeing your Washington, DC dentist once every six months for a checkup and teeth cleaning. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned helps to maintain the integrity of your teeth. The cleaning you receive at the dentist office goes much deeper than your at-home cleaning. Your teeth will be scaled, which is a key to avoiding plaque buildup. Additionally, your dentist will be able to catch any potentially serious issues before they get too bad if you are in the office on a regular schedule. Schedule your next checkup today.

Making your oral health routine part a daily habit will help you to avoid serious dental problems. The steps in this blog series should guide you towards creating a routine that is easy to follow. If you have any questions, please contact us for more information.