An important part of your dental health is maintaining good oral hygiene. Practicing good oral hygiene can prevent cavities and periodontal disease from developing, which in turn keeps your teeth from falling out or being damaged. When you visit McQuiston Dental, our dentist and hygienist will review your oral hygiene habits with you and make suggestions on how you can improve them.

While we work with you at our office to keep your smile clean and strong, it is imperative that you practice good hygiene habits at home, too. We encourage you to take the following steps to protect your teeth and keep your smile in optimal health:

• Brush your teeth after each meal or a minimum of twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. We may also recommend a fluoride toothpaste.
• Floss daily, especially right before bed.
• Eat a balanced diet that is low in sugary and acidic foods, as these can cause tooth decay.
• Visit the dentist at least every 6 months for a professional dental cleaning and exam. During these visits, we will evaluate your oral health and make take additional preventive or restorative measures.

To learn more about oral hygiene in Alexandria, Virginia, and to make your appointment with Dr. Scott McQuiston, call our practice today at 703-354-0111.