There are several components to an effective oral hygiene routine. It begins by selecting quality products that have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance for safety and effectiveness.
You should also brush your teeth twice each day to remove food particles and plaque from the surface of your teeth. The ADA recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. A brand with added fluoride is also helpful for strengthening tooth enamel.
Immediately after brushing, you should floss between your teeth and along the gum line. If you have had a hard time in the past with working floss between your teeth, you might want to choose a wax coated floss. This waxy coating helps the strand slide easily into tight spaces without having to force the floss and risk hurting your gums.
After you are done brushing flossing you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
Your regular dental checkup is essential for clearing away any hardened tartar and detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Left undiagnosed these things can pose a major risk to your overall oral health, and even impact your quality of life.
If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, please call us at 303.933.2420 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!