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Brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing in the evening can serve as the initial basis for an effective daily oral hygiene routine. If residual food particles, sugar residue, and plaque are not removed from your mouth on daily basis they can promote cavities while also hardening into tartar. This can increasingly put your mouth at risk for periodontal health problems.

The American Dental Association recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with mild abrasives and added fluoride. This will help your toothbrush at cleaning the surfaces of your teeth while also strengthening the mineral density of your tooth enamel.

Over the course of several weeks, the bristles of your toothbrush can gradually wear down and bend. To maintain consistent brushing, the ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.

When shopping for a new toothbrush make sure you look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The small logo on the package indicates that the ADA has tested and approved it for safe and effective oral use.

Each time you brush your teeth, you should focus on one tooth at a time. Brushing in a small circular motion will help ensure that all surfaces of the tooth has been cleaned. It should take you approximately two to three minutes to brush all 32 of your teeth.

If you are in the Greenwood, Indiana, area and you have an oral hygiene concern you should call 317.535.3940 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Aaron Wilkins and the oral care professionals at Stones Crossing Dentistry.