Like the rest of the body, maintaining a healthy mouth requires that individuals take a few necessary steps to help prevent serious dental hygiene concerns. In addition to brushing at least twice daily for two minutes per brushing, individuals should floss at least once daily (or more, as needed) and use mouth rinse as recommended by a dentist.
While home dental care is important, regular visits to the dentist are, as well. Visiting the dentist for regular cleanings will help fight back tartar buildup that individuals cannot remove through brushing alone.
These recommendations come from sources such as the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). While most dentists agree that brushing twice and flossing once daily represent a good pattern, recommendations for rinsing, checkups, and cleanings vary. Concerning rinsing, the CDA does not make a specific brand recommendation. There are different types of rinses - for example, an antiseptic mouthwash and a fluoride mouthwash, so a dentist can make a recommendation about which one to use as well as how often and how long.
The frequency with which a person should receive checkups and cleanings will vary based on individual circumstances. For example, individuals with periodontal disease or who are considered high-risk due to smoking or other causes may require a higher frequency of visits.