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It’s important to go back to the basics sometimes, especially when life starts getting hectic. Autumn is the perfect time to review your dental and oral hygiene routines. Here are some things to remember as you perfect your routine:

Brush: Brush for two minutes, twice a day. Think “2×2” and you’ll have it down. Use a soft bristled toothbrush that isn’t too old (toothbrushes only last 3-4 months!). Use gentle pressure and short, tooth-wide strokes.

Floss: Make sure you floss once a day. This should take 2-3 minutes. Use a single filament, ADA-approved floss, whenever possible. If conventional flossing is difficult for you, talk to Dr. Spyridon Condos about alternative interdental cleaner options, such as a water flosser.

Drink Water: Drinking water not only helps your overall health, but it also keeps your mouth clean by removing food particles and debris. Plain or fluoridated water works best. Fluoride is a substance that strengthens teeth; fluoridated water is available to 75% of the United States.

Chew Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating stimulates saliva production. Saliva is the body’s first defense against cavities. It cleans the teeth, clearing food particles and debris; it also delivers fortifying substances to the mouth which strengthen tooth enamel.

Visit the Dentist: Of course, you should support your at-home efforts with regular visits to the dentist; at least twice a year. If you are in the New York, New York area, call Condos, Spyridon J DDS to schedule your appointment today!