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Maintaining good oral is important for maintaining your overall quality of life. Poor oral hygiene directly leads to problems with tooth decay and gum disease. In time, it can even result in far more serious complications. Of course maintaining good oral health requires more than simply brushing and flossing your teeth occasionally. There are several factors to consider, each of equal value.

The quality of oral hygiene products you use will directly influence the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene routine. Some oral hygiene products sold in stores only have cosmetic value. So it’s important to always look for American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal signifies that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste with added fluoride is also helpful, as fluoride serves to strengthen tooth enamel which can prevent cavities and tooth sensitivity.

You should always floss immediately after you’re done brushing. Be sure to floss between the teeth, along the gum line and behind your last molar. Once you are done brushing and flossing you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
You should visit Dr. Damon T. Armstrong twice each year for a routine dental checkup and cleaning. This will clean away any hardened tartar, as well as detect any signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain good oral health, you should call Dr. Damon T. Armstrong’s clinic in Blackfoot, Idaho at 208-785-3310 to schedule an appointment.