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An inadequate oral hygiene routine promotes tooth decay, while also increasing your chances of developing gum disease. A truly effective oral hygiene routine has several critical factors including using quality of oral hygiene products, brushing and flossing twice per day as well as an effective flossing technique. Finally, it encompasses your twice a year dental checkup at Steven Rattner DDS.

When shopping for oral hygiene products, you should look for American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal signifies that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

When brushing your teeth, the ADA recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasive toothpaste. It’s also nice if the toothpaste has fluoride added to help strengthening tooth enamel.

You should then floss between your teeth and along the gum line to remove food particles and plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Waxed floss is handy if you have a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past. Make sure you work the floss into a U shape to maximize the cleaning area and floss around the gum line.

You can rinse away any residual loosened food particles and plaque with antiseptic mouthwash. Just keep in mind that it can never replace the effectiveness of floss.

Your regular dental checkup at Steven Rattner DDS includes a cleaning procedure to remove any hardened tartar, while also detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, you should call Steven Rattner DDS at 301-474-8277 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!