At Home Dental Hygiene Tips #2

A good oral hygiene routine filled with at-home dental cleaning tips is an important part of keeping your smile healthy, particularly if it involves regular dental cleaning at home. Tips can provide ideas on how to maximize your strategies, giving your teeth an even better chance of staying strong and healthy. At-home dental cleaning tips preserve tooth enamel and prevent decay, helping to keep your mouth healthy and your smile brilliant.

Cleaning Tip for the Tongue

Did you know that bacteria can build up on your tongue? Bacteria can creep into the tiny crevices and make your tongue smell bad. Use your toothbrush to gently clean the tongue and help it to stay fresh!

Cleaning Tip for the Entire Mouth

Did you know that one of the primary reasons behind mouthwash is to kill germs? It’s true. Mouthwash can kill germs, giving your breath a fresher smell. For the best results, select an antibacterial mouthwash and use it once a day. Another good at-home dental cleaning tip is to incorporate fluoride-enhanced rinses into your nightly routine to help strengthen your teeth while you sleep.

Cleaning Tip for Brushing

Did you know that electric toothbrushes are designed to be gentle on your tooth enamel even while they are tough on plaque buildup? Today’s electric toothbrushes are styled to let you know when you’ve completed two full minutes of brushing too! They remove the side-to-side brushing technique that greatly reduces the damage caused by vigorous manual brushing. Electric brushes are easy to use and are sold in lots of different styles. You should replace your toothbrush every three months get the most benefit out of your daily routine.

Cleaning Tip for Flossing 

Even though most dental professionals will tell you that it is best to floss at night right before you go to bed, it’s simply the most important at-home dental cleaning tip if you want your teeth to last for many years. Flossing can help to prevent cavities in hard-to-reach areas, preserving your smile along with your teeth. You should floss at least once a day. If you can’t get yourself into a nightly routine with flossing, then choose a time when you will remember to floss every day.

Dr. Gerald O'Connor B.D.S., N.U.I. (hons) (Principal Dentist & Owner)

Dr Gerald O’Connor qualified with honours from University College Cork in 1998, where he achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was awarded the Kerr Prize for Restorative Dentistry. Following his qualification, he spent 6 years gaining experience in a dental clinic in Essex before buying his own practice in 2004. Dr O’Connor quickly added a second location in 2006 and formed the Oak Dental Group.

After returning to Ireland in 2013, he set up Killiney Dental with his long-time partner Rosemarie. Gerald has a wealth of experience in dentistry with a vested interest in modern, evidence-based solutions. He enjoys implementing new dental treatments that are minimally invasive for patients without compromising their desire for an idealised smile. Dr O’Connor currently serves on the Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films, music, fiction writing and being anywhere in sight of the sea.