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Diligent practice of an effective oral hygiene routine is essential for maintaining good oral health. Poor oral hygiene promotes tooth decay, gum disease and could lead to other serious issues. Maintaining good oral health has several factors worth considering.

The quality of oral hygiene products you use is very important. Some products available to consumers only have cosmetic value and do little to help maintain good oral health. Before purchasing a particular oral hygiene product, you should look for American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal signifies that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day is the cornerstone of maintaining good oral health. It helps to remove plaque and food particles from teeth and along the gum line. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasive toothpaste. It’s also nice if the toothpaste has fluoride added to help strengthening tooth enamel.

When flossing, you want to make sure to work the floss between your teeth as well as into the gum line to remove food particles and plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t clean. Waxed floss is handy if you have a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past.

You can then 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 with Dr. James E. Gaff will clean any hardened tartar while also detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you are due for your next dental checkup, or you have questions about how to maintain good oral health, please call Dr. James E. Gaff at 904-641-2655 to schedule your next appointment.