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Oral hygiene is important, and it usually involves cleaning your smile every morning and every night. Typically, the night routine is a little more complicated because many choose to perform most cleaning tasks before bed. So, if you’re one of these people, Dr. Frantz Backer and our dental team are happy to help you have a top-of-the-line before-bed oral hygiene routine so you can maintain a strong and healthy smile.

First, brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you brush, scrub for two minutes and thoroughly clean each quadrant of the smile. This means you should categorize your smile into four sections then spend the same amount of time cleaning each section.

Second, floss your teeth with an easy-to-use flossing product, whether it’s with floss, a flossing stick, or a water flosser. As you floss, be careful as you clean around the gums. You don’t want to injure them. Make sure to clean every crevice of the smile and remove as much plaque as possible.

Third, rinse your mouth with beneficial mouthwash. This can be antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. As you rinse, follow the instructions on the bottle. It should tell you how long to swish. This will complete the cleaning job and give you a fresh breath.

Fourth, place your retainer or mouth guard in your mouth, if you have one, of course. The retainer can help keep your teeth nice and straight and the mouthguard can protect your teeth from night grinding.

If you have any questions about oral hygiene in Jackson Heights, New York, or if you need instructions on how to properly care for your smile, please don’t hesitate to call Advanced Dentistry of New York at 718-313-9987. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can!