The American Dental Association advocates a consistent oral hygiene routine to help remove bacterial matter before it can contribute to oral health problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease. This is based on a daily focus of brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as remembering to thoroughly floss at least once each day.
When your brush it is best to focus on cleaning each individual tooth by working the soft-bristled brush head in small circles. This will help clean away bacterial deposits far more effectively than simply sawing the brush back and forth at random.
When flossing it’s important to clean the spaces between your teeth as well as along your gumline. You also need to remember to floss behind each of your rear molars. These areas can easily trap food debris and plaque buildup.
After you are done brushing and flossing your teeth a vigorous rinse with a modest amount of antiseptic mouthwash can also help to wash away loosened food particles, it can also help kill lingering oral bacteria.
It’s important to note that even the most potent antiseptic properties cannot replace dental floss and its physical ability to clean bacterial deposits. You should also make sure to look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance before purchasing a new brand of antiseptic mouthwash
If you live in the Manhattan, Kansas, area and you are concerned about your oral hygiene you should call 785-539-5949 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Josh Walker and the staff at Family & Implant Dentistry’s dental office.