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Maintaining a healthy mouth involves more than simply brushing and flossing occasionally. There are actually several factors involved in maintaining good oral health. If any one of them falters, it could have serious ramifications on your quality of life.

The first factor to consider is to make sure you are always using the highest-quality oral hygiene products. When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, you should only consider brands that have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal means they’ve been tested by the ADA for safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene routine.

A consistent daily oral hygiene routine is also of critical importance. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste with added fluoride.

Then, you should floss your teeth each night after you’re done eating for the day. If you have had a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past, you might want to use a wax-coated dental floss. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums. Also, make sure to floss into the gumline and behind your back molars.

If you would like, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.

Your twice-annual dental checkup at Artistic Dentistry is also critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. This will effectively remove dangerous hardened tartar and allow our team to monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic cancer screening for early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This is especially important as early detection increases treatment success.

If you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health in San Clemente, California, you should call 949-366-1177 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Amir Nikraz at Artistic Dentistry.