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Getting Back to Basics with Your Oral Hygiene

Most of us are conscientious about taking care of the body, but sometimes we forget how important the health of our mouth is to our well-being. There are three simple steps you can follow to make sure your oral health is as healthy as the rest of you.

The American Dental Association recommends using ADA approved products proven to be safe and effective. You will see the ADA seal of acceptance on those products in your local supermarket or drugstore. Purchase a soft bristled toothbrush for sensitive teeth and gums, toothpaste, dental floss and a fluoridated or antibacterial mouthwash rinse. Now you are ready for your daily oral routine!

— Twice a day you will want to brush your teeth. Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to your gum line using circular motions as you brush each tooth. Brush inside, outside, and the top surfaces of every tooth. Pay extra attention to the molars in the back of your mouth.

— At least once a day you will want to floss your teeth to remove the food particles and unseen plaque that can get stuck in between your teeth and gum line. Using dental floss will do the job for you. You can use a ribbon or string flosser, waxed or unwaxed, scented or unscented, or if you have braces, a water flosser which uses a pulsing stream of water to clean your teeth and gums. To use string floss simply pull an 18-inch length and rub gently between each tooth and around the tooth and gum line. Floss around each tooth in a U shape, and again, pay extra attention to your molars.

— After you have removed the debris around your pearly whites, simply rinse your mouth with mouthwash. This will remove the loosened particles as well as bacteria and help protect your teeth and gums.

And there you have it! Practiced regularly, these three steps will keep your mouth healthy in between your scheduled dental visits. Please call our dental office if you have any questions about your oral health! [phone number].