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A routine oral hygiene routine is absolutely essential for maintaining the health of your mouth. Lax or ineffective techniques and products increases the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing twice per day and attending your regular dental checkup can give you a healthy mouth for many years to come.

When shopping for oral hygiene products, be sure to look for brands that have earned the American Dental Association’s seal of acceptance for safety and effectiveness.

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. A toothpaste with mild abrasives also helps you to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth. Choosing a brand with fluoride also help strengthen enamel.

While antiseptic mouthwash can help kill bacteria, flossing still remains is the most effective way to clean between your teeth and along the gum line. When flossing you want to work the floss into a U shape to maximize the cleaning area and floss around the gum line where your toothbrush can’t reach.

After brushing and flossing you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash can to freshen your breath, kill residual bacteria and wash away food particles loosened by flossing.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, please call us at (269) 964-7660 to schedule your next appointment.