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In order to keep your smile healthy and attractive, it’s imperative to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. In order to keep your teeth clean, it’s important to brush your teeth well after every meal using a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Flossing the Teeth

Just like brushing your teeth, flossing is an important part of practicing good oral hygiene. Flossing helps remove particles of food and plaque between teeth and along the gumline your toothbrush misses. If plaque is not removed, with time it will harden into calculus or tartar to raise your risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease.

Our friends at the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend flossing once per day. There has been an on-going debate for decades regarding when the best time to floss is as some people think you should floss before brushing the teeth while others say you should floss after brushing. So which side is right? The answer is that no one is right as flossing can be done before or after brushing the teeth. The important thing about flossing is that it is done once per day. Simply choose a time of the day when it’s convenient for you to floss, which may be first thing in the morning or the last thing you do before you go to bed.

Mouthwash Use

As far as mouthwash use goes, mouthwashes can be useful for many reasons such as:

  • For freshening the breath and leaving a pleasant taste in the mouth
  • For warding off tooth decay
  • For reducing & controlling plaque
  • For the prevention or reduction of gingivitis

Your San Ramon dentist can tell you if you need to use a therapeutic mouthwash and what type to use depending upon your oral health needs. If you wish to use a cosmetic mouthwash to control or reduce bad breath and to leave a pleasant taste in your mouth, look for one that carries the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval on the label. Then simply follow the label directions regarding how much mouthwash to use and how often to rinse your mouth out with it.

Visit Your Dentist in San Ramon Twice Per Year

While practicing good oral hygiene at home is one of the best ways to keep your smile healthy, seeing your dentist twice a year is an important part of maintaining good oral health. During these bi-annual oral exams, your dentist will look for any potential problems with your teeth and gums that may not be visible to you. If a problem is detected, it can be treated early on to help you avoid a bigger problem down the road so don’t forget to schedule checkups with your dentist every six months.

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