How Do You Maintain Good Dental Hygiene?

With homecare and preventive dentistry, you have options for protecting your smile from tooth decay and gum disease. Since October is National Dental Hygiene Month, what better time to talk about caring for your smile? Let’s look at what our Gary, IN, patients can do to maintain good oral hygiene!

Brushing and Flossing

Homecare limits how much plaque accumulates on your teeth and removes food particles, helping smiles stay strong against the threat of cavities and periodontal disease. You should use a manual or electric toothbrush to clean your teeth for two minutes in the morning and again before going to bed. You want to thoroughly clean every available surface of the teeth. We also urge you to floss in between each of your teeth, going up and down the length of the tooth and curving under the gums in a “C” motion. You can use floss tape, a floss pick, or a water flosser.

Checkups and Cleanings

While routine homecare helps limit plaque and protects the smile, you still need to see us every six months. During the checkup portion of your visit, we will monitor your teeth for possible signs of cavities and other issues, offering treatment to address any signs of trouble. The cleaning allows our team to remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth, protecting your smile while also brightening the teeth and combating halitosis.

Better Snack Habits

When you consume sugary foods and drinks, such as candy, chips, soda, energy drinks, or sports drinks, you increase the risk of tooth decay. Instead, opt for healthier items, such as:

  • Water
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Dairy products (such as cheese and low-fat yogurt)
  • Nuts

If you have any questions about improving your dental hygiene and protecting your smile, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Hygiene?

Our team will help you and your family maintain optimal oral hygiene. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.