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An effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine is the very first proactive step in preventing cavities and periodontal health problems. This starts with thoroughly brushing your teeth every morning and evening, followed by flossing each of your teeth and along the gumline each night.

Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and fluoridated toothpaste will help clear away plaque buildup and food residue from the faces of your teeth, while also helping to maintain strong tooth enamel. This will significantly reduce your chances of suffering tooth decay and gum disease problems.

The flossing portion of your daily oral hygiene routine should clean between each of your teeth, as well as along the gumline. Be sure to also floss the gumline behind each of your rear molars. If you are struggling to floss certain areas, you might want to try using waxed dental floss or a simple floss threader tool.

Once this is done you can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to clear away loosened material and kill oral bacteria. It’s worth noting that while antiseptic mouthwash can kill bacteria, it cannot rival dental floss for its ability to physically remove bacterial deposits from between teeth and the gumline.

If you live in the Eagle River, Alaska, and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call 907-694-8234 to schedule a dental checkup at Eagle Summit Dental Group’s dental clinic.