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The new year is a great time to honestly assess your oral hygiene habits, to make sure you are on track for a mouth-healthy 2018. Here are some basic aspects of oral health to consider:

Brush: Are you brushing your teeth for 2 full minutes, twice a day? This removes plaque and debris from your teeth, helping give you a bright white, healthy smile. How is your technique? Use short, tooth-wide strokes in a back-and-forth motion. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Mouthwash: Some people decide to add mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) to their daily oral hygiene routines. If you decide to include it, a few words of guidance: choose a therapeutic mouthwash, rather than a cosmetic one. Cosmetic mouthrinse freshens breath by masking the smell with artificial scents; therapeutic mouthrinse freshens breath by killing bacteria that cause halitosis. Thus therapeutic mouthwashes are more beneficial to your overall mouth health than cosmetic ones.

Visit Your Dentist: When was the last time you saw your dentist? It is important to see your dentist at least twice a year. This allows him to catch any problems early, helping keep your smile on track. To schedule an appointment in Blackfoot, Idaho, call Armstrong Dental at 208-785-3310. Dr. Damon T. Armstrong and our team look forward to seeing you!