Maintaining good oral health starts with an effective oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush helps to clear away residual food material and plaque from the faces and contours of your teeth. Flossing once per day also helps remove bacterial deposits form between each of your teeth and gumline.
Along with your routine dental checkups, a consistent oral hygiene routine may help to prevent hardened tartar and oral plaque acids from forming before they can cause tooth decay and problems with gum disease.
Our dentist notes that after you are done brushing and flossing there are other minor things you can do to help augment your oral hygiene routine.
Vigorously rinsing your mouth with a small amount of antiseptic mouthwash can help remove loosened food particles while also killing oral bacterial. Just keep in mind that it cannot match the physical effectiveness of dental floss for removing bacterial deposits from between teeth and the gumline.
There are also simple oral hygiene tools that can help clean hard to reach places in your mouth. Interdental brushes, a floss threader or water flosser device can help clean away food material and bacterial deposits from tightly spaced and contoured areas.
Your routine dental checkups with Dr. Jamine Rogers may serve to remove any lingering bacterial deposits while also monitoring your mouth for any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.
If you live in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and you have an oral health or hygiene concern, you can always call 256-314-0676 to schedule a dental checkup at Shoals Smile by Design.