Poor oral hygiene greatly increases your chances of developing problems like tooth decay and gum disease. There are several important aspects to a truly effective oral hygiene routine.
The quality of the products you use is very important. You should only consider buying oral hygiene products that have earned American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, for safety and effectiveness.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice per day is important for removing food particles and plaque from between your teeth and gum line. Most people find that a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste does a good job of cleaning the surfaces of their teeth. A toothpaste with added fluoride will also help strengthening tooth enamel.
Immediately after brushing, you should floss between your teeth and into the gum line. If you have a hard time working floss between your teeth, you might want to try using waxed floss. The waxy coating helps you work the floss into tight spaces without accidentally snapping the floss into your gums.
After brushing and flossing you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the effectiveness of floss.
Your regular dental checkup and cleaning removes dangerous tartar while also detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.
If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, please call us at 513.229.7801 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!