A patient gets their teeth checked by the dentist to improve oral hygiene.

Helpful Tips for Great Oral Hygiene

Did you know that about 1 in 4 adults over the age of 20 have at least one untreated cavity? According to the Centers for Disease and Control, cavities have become one of the major untreated health issues in adults. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections, which can spread to other parts of the body and have serious side effects. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of medical issues such as bone loss, gum disease, heart disease, and more. It is vital to have regular dental check-ups to prevent any problems from developing.

Here are some tips that you can do to maintain good dental hygiene at home: 

Proper Brushing

We’ve all heard that brushing at least two times a day along with flossing paves the way to a healthy mouth. But, has anyone taken the time to learn proper brushing techniques? According to Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates, the best method of brushing teeth is to use an electric toothbrush. The bristles of an electric toothbrush can remove more plaque buildup than a regular toothbrush. It also prevents the ‘hard scrubbing’ that can cause gum recession which many patients can experience when using a manual toothbrush. 

However, if you cannot use an electric toothbrush, be sure to position your manual toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the gum line. Carefully brush both the tooth surface and the gum line areas where plaque can commonly accumulate. Using a back-and-forth and up-and-down motion, be gentle yet firm in order to avoid any discomfort or bleeding. You will want to continue the same process on the inside of your teeth toward your tongue as well. Lastly, we recommend brushing the surfaces of your tongue to remove any bacteria which can typically cause bad breath. 


Coinciding with the importance of proper brushing technique is flossing. Sometimes the dreaded question by your hygienist, “how often do you floss?” can make you feel like you are slacking in your homecare routine. And, while it can easily be difficult to remember, it is an effective tool in removing plaque that builds up between your teeth. There are handy products called floss picks that can also be used on the go, so you will always have time to floss!

Watch What You Eat and Drink

Avoiding sugary drinks and snacks is the best way to achieve a healthy smile. Celery and carrots, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables provide an excellent source of vitamins and minerals that aid in strengthening tooth enamel.

Visit Your Dentist

Regular visits to the dentist play an important role in your oral hygiene regimen. Our hygienists at Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates are among the very best dentists in Montgomery and Bucks counties, providing quality service and compassionate care to all of our patients. It is recommended that you visit our office at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment and exam. During your visit, your hygienist will discuss with you any issues or concerns and offer advice and treatment options based on your exam with one of our trusted dentists. 

Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates is committed to serving the Souderton and Harleysville communities. Our dental services cover a wide range of procedures catered towards the needs of your family. From cleanings and routine check-ups to reconstructive surgery and orthodontics, our offices in Souderton and Harleysville are here for you and your loved ones. You can learn more about our practice and services, including cosmetic dentistry available at our Souderton and Harleysville offices, by browsing our website or contact us at 215-486-1649/215-486-1652.