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There are several key components to a truly effective oral hygiene routine. If any one of them is inadequate it could ultimately lead to oral health complications, including problems with tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dr. Seth Rumley offers these key considerations to help ensure that your oral hygiene routine and oral health are the best they can be.

First of all, when you are shopping for oral hygiene products should only consider those that have earned American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, for safety and effectiveness.

The ADA recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day to remove plaque and residual food particles from your teeth and gum line. When brushing your teeth you should use a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will also help to fortify the strength of your tooth enamel.

Immediately after brushing, you should floss between your teeth and along the gum line. If you’ve a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past, you might want to a wax coated dental floss. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.

If you would like, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.

Twice each year Dr. Seth Rumley offers a regular dental checkup and cleaning to remove dangerous hardened tartar and monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, you can call Dr. Seth Rumley at 919-847-8074 to schedule your next appointment.