Consistent oral hygiene habits play an important role in preventing cavities and chronic problems with gum disease. An effective routine calls for brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as remembering to thoroughly floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline. The areas behind each of your rear molars also need to be cleaned each day.
When brushing your teeth you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste that includes mild abrasives. Cleaning one tooth at a time helps to clean bacterial deposits from the faces of your teeth while also helping you to maintain strong tooth enamel.
As time goes on, the bristles on your toothbrush can start to bend and wear down. It’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
When shopping for toothpaste, look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the label. Their logo can only be printed on oral hygiene products that meet their high standards for safety and effectiveness.
Having our dentist, Dr. Feriel El Ghaoui, administer a dental checkup twice each year is also critical for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The simple outpatient appointment includes a professional dental cleaning and polishing treatment as well as monitoring the overall health of your mouth.
If you live in the Pinole, California, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, you can always call 510-724-7474 to schedule a dental checkup at Tara Hills Dental.