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Maintaining good oral health in the long term involves many important factors. If you are inconsistent in any one of these factors, it could result in uncomfortable if not costly complications.

It’s important to only use the highest quality of oral hygiene products in your daily oral hygiene routine. You should only purchase products that have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the product has been tested and researched for safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene routine.

The ADA also recommends that you brush twice per day and then floss each evening after you are done eating. When you brush your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will also help fortify the strength of your tooth enamel while abrasive additives improve the brush’s ability to scour the faces of your teeth.

When flossing, be sure to floss between each tooth, behind your back molars, and along the gumline. 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.

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

You should also visit with Dr. Amir Nikraz every six months for a regular dental checkup and cleaning. This will effectively remove dangerous hardened tartar from your smile and allow our team to monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic screening for early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This is especially important as early detection increases treatment success.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your oral health in San Clemente, California, you can always call 949-366-1177 to schedule an appointment at Artistic Dentistry.