The American Dental Association recommends a consistent oral hygiene regimen as an important step in preventing of oral health problems like cavities and periodontal disease. This includes brushing your teeth each morning and night, and thoroughly flossing between each of your teeth and along the gumline.
Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and fluoridated toothpaste is essential for clearing away plaque trapped food particles from the contours of your teeth. The added fluoride also helps to strengthen your tooth enamel to reduce your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Many people choose to floss just before bed, it can sometimes be helpful to plan your flossing efforts for the night time, to help clear away food debris before they go to sleep.
When you’re done brushing and flossing, a vigorous rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash can also help to remove loosened material and kill bacteria. Just keep in mind that while antiseptic mouthwash can kill bacteria, it cannot replace dental floss to physically remove food debris from between teeth and along the gumline.
If you live in the Alvarado, Texas, area, and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call 888-635-6401 to schedule a dental checkup at Alvarado Family Dentistry. Let us help you get your best smile yet!