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A mouth free of cavities and periodontal health problems can significantly contribute to your overall quality of life. Tooth decay and chronic gum disease problems can cause discomfort and can treatment can sometimes be costly.

To answer these concerns, the American Dental Association recommends that you have a dentist administer a routine dental checkup twice each year. This should also accompany a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing your teeth morning, and night, as well as flossing at least once each day.

When you are brushing your teeth, you need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a brand of toothpaste with mild abrasives and added fluoride. Ideally, you want to clean all the outer surfaces of each tooth by making small circles. Fully brushing both sets of teeth should take your around two to three minutes, twice each day.

When flossing between each of your teeth, it’s important to also clean the gumline and behind each of your rear molars. If you’ve a hard time working floss between your teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.

It’s also important to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance before purchasing any oral hygiene product. The small logo on the packaging certifies that the ADA has tested it for safe and effective oral use. They also maintain an updated index on their website of all approved products.

If you live in the Roseville, California, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 916.773.6222 to schedule a dental exam at Star Dental today!