Get the Basics on Oral Hygiene

Monday, October 01, 2007
By Abbey Khan

Bet you forgot that October is National Oral Hygiene Month— that’s why New York based celebrity dentist Dr. Daniel N. Noor lets us in on the latest products you can use at home to keep your teeth in tip top shape and your dentist smiling.

WaterPiks help fight gum disease. Say goodbye to unwanted food particles and bacteria hiding under your gums where brushing and flossing can’t reach.

Interdental brushes are great for cleaning between teeth with big gaps, or for anyone with braces, lingually bonded retainers, or bridges in which cases patients cannot use a regular floss.

Dr. Flosser is a new floss that is easy enough for a child to use. It has an adjustable floss tension to fit your needs and conveniently flosses both front teeth and dead corners in the molars. And it’s even environmentally friendly.

Dental tongue cleaners help remove bacteria, putting an end to embarrassing bad breath.


Use a natural bristle toothbrush instead of a nylon brush for a better clean. It puts less pressure on the teeth and gum tissue and is great for people whose gums bleed due to brushing.

Now, here are Dr. Noor’s tips on the right way to brush:

Brush long enough. Give it about 2-3 minutes to let the toothpaste loosen the plaque’s grip on your teeth like soap works on grease.

Use light and gentle strokes.

Brush in a circular motion at a 45 degree angle, the front and backside (tongue side) of teeth. Gently move the bristles between the teeth as much as possible.

Visit Dr. Noor at or email him directly at

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