February 6, 2023

Before we get into Difoggio’s routine, a quick word on why the two major pillars of dental health—ie, flossing and brushing—even matter in the first place. (Hey! The basics are important.) Brushing your teeth twice daily helps rid your teeth of food and plaque: that white, tacky material on your teeth that contains bacteria that’s harmful to your enamel.”Eventually, the acid can break down tooth enamel, causing cavities. Plaque that isn’t removed can also harden into tartar, making it harder to keep teeth clean,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “Tartar buildup on your gums leads to inflammation that causes gum disease.” Flossing, meanwhile, helps slow the onset of gum disease by further ridding the mouth of bacteria and halting the development of gingivitis, bad breath, and inflammation.
It’s also worth remembering that a healthy mouth is an investment in your overall health and well-being. “Removing the bacteria lifts the burden off of your immune system, giving your body the chance to send resources elsewhere,” Chris Strandburg, DDS, dentist and spokesperson for WaterPik, previously told Well+Good. “When your body is constantly fighting these bacteria, your immune system is taxed, inflammation occurs, and this can have a domino effect on your overall health.”
Now that you know why your oral health deserves to be Important Habit Number One, it’s time to get the specifics of DiFoggio’s routine. Just make sure you that you also consult your dentist about what routine will be the right one for you.
A dental hygienist’s morning oral health routine
A dental hygienist’s evening oral health routine
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