As a Washington, DC dentist’s office, we are often asked what the best at-home oral health care routine should consist of. In our next two blogs, we will go over the basics to putting together a great routine. Here are the first two steps:


You should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day . Be sure to brush for a full two minutes, focusing 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. It is really easy to fall short of this goal, so it can help to have some sort of timer to guide you. Try picking out a song to listen to; this will make the time seem to go by faster. For most people, brushing is easiest to fit into their schedule right when you wake up, and right before bed. Brushing is done to remove plaque, not food particles, so there is no need to schedule your brushing after meals. But if that works for you, that is fine too. The key is consistency.

Cleaning your tongue

Tongue cleaning is often overlooked, but it is important to a great oral health routine. Cleaning your tongue is essential for fighting bad breath. You can clean your tongue with your toothbrush, floss, or a tongue scraper. Be sure to rinse after cleaning your tongue.

Brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue are just the beginning of a proper oral health routine. Stay tuned for our next blog, where we will go over the rest of the activities that make up a great routine.