Oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, oral and pharyngeal cancer can have a serious negative impact on your overall quality of life. To help consumers maintain good oral health in the long term the American Dental Associations offers a series of recommendations and guideline.
This starts with an effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine founded on brushing twice and flossing once each day.
When brushing your teeth be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will also help to fortify the strength of your tooth enamel. Using a brand that also has mild abrasives makes your toothbrush more efficient at cleaning the surfaces and contours of your teeth. Be sure to brush each individual tooth in small circles.
When flossing, make sure to clean between each of your teeth, as well as behind your last molar, and into the gumline. There are different variations of dental floss. While there is no clinical difference between them, finding the one that meets your personal preference will help keep you encouraged to floss each day.
Before using any oral hygiene product, you should always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the product has been rigorously researched and tested for effectiveness and safety as part of a daily oral hygiene routine.
Your routine dental cleaning and exam at Dr. Clayton M. Hansen’s dental office are also important for maintaining good oral health. This will clean away hardened tartar from your and monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral, and pharyngeal cancer.
If you live in the American Fork, Utah, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, please call 801-756-2809 to schedule a dental checkup at American Fork Family Dentist. We look forward to helping you with your oral care needs.