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With practice and consistency, your daily oral hygiene routine should release most of the plaque and residual food matter from your teeth and gumline. The process involves carefully brushing your teeth twice each day with a toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association and a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Remembering to floss between your teeth and into the gumline also plays a critical role in preventing periodontal disease problems like gingivitis.

Our dentist further notes that there are some simple things you can do to maximize the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene routine.

As time goes on the bristles on even the most sophisticated toothbrush can start to wear down and bend. Over time what seems like a minor amount of degradation can reduce the brush head’s ability to fully clear away plaque buildup and residual food material from your teeth. It’s best to replace your manual toothbrush or the brush head on your electric toothbrush every three to four months.

Dr. Laura Olsen Taylor further notes that flossing your teeth once a day is also an essential component of maintaining a healthy mouth. Bacterial deposits and hardened tartar that develop between your teeth and along the gumline can lead to problems with cavities and gum disease complications.

If you’ve been struggling to work the strand of dental floss between two closely spaced teeth or a tight spot around a dental bridge or dental crown, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. Some individuals also like to use a water flosser to further remove bacterial deposits from hard to reach areas.

If you live in the area surrounding Mooresville, North Carolina, and you have been struggling to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine, you should call 704-662-9111 to schedule a dental checkup at Olsen Taylor General Dentistry.