There are a few reasons that you may not be getting this information from your dentist or hygienist. Learning to take care of your mouth is somewhat confusing and time consuming. There are lots of little things to learn, and often there just isn’t time for this at your cleaning appointment….and the insurance companies do not pay for time spent on teaching and learning home care. There is a code for it, they just don’t pay for it. Most people learn visually, not by being told what they “should do” or “shouldn’t do”; instead, they need to see it, practice it and see it again. If you were to to your dental office for a home care instruction appointment, there would be a charge for cleaning the room and the time that it took someone to spend with you, which very few offices have been able to incorporate into the office philosophy.