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The overall health of your mouth plays a very important role in your ability to chew food, make certain facial expressions, and speak clearly. Periodontal health problems, oral cancers, and cavities can prove costly to treat, and can hamper your overall quality of life. A consistent daily oral hygiene routine is the foundation for maintaining a healthy mouth. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice and floss once per day.

You should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste with added fluoride. Brush each tooth individually in small circles. Fully brushing both sets of teeth should take your around two to three minutes in the morning and evening. The ADA also stresses the importance of flossing each day. This is the most effective way to remove bacterial deposits from between teeth as well as the gumline. Without daily flossing hardened tartar could develop in these areas promoting periodontal health problems.

If you’ve a hard time working floss between your teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums. Be sure to floss into the gum line and behind your back molars.

Some oral hygiene products are only meant for cosmetic use. When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The small logo on the packaging certifies that the ADA has tested it for safe and effective oral use.

Your biannual dental checkup with Dr. Abbas Nejad is also critical for maintaining good oral health. This will effectively remove hardened tartar and monitor your mouth for signs cavities and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic cancer screening to detect early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in the Laveen, Arizona, area and you have oral health concerns or questions, you should call 602-237-7878 to schedule a dental exam at Abbas Nejad DDS.