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A consistent daily oral routine plays an important role in the prevention of cavities and gum disease. It starts with remembering to brush your teeth each morning and evening with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s also necessary to floss between each of your teeth and the gumline at least once per day.

Removing built-up bacterial deposits from your mouth on a consistent basis helps reduce the presence of plaque acids which can gradually promote tooth decay. It also helps to prevent the formation of hardened tartar which is a leading cause of periodontal health problems.

Some individuals struggle to clean certain areas by simply brushing and flossing. In a situation like this a dentist like Dr. Robin Cropper might recommend using quality water flossing device.

The American Dental Association has approved certain brands like Waterpik® to help augment an effective oral hygiene routine and clean hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the physical effectiveness of dental floss for removing bacterial deposits and food from between teeth and the gumline.

A vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash might also help to remove loosened material while reducing the population of bacteria in your mouth.

If you live in the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 502-517-0073 to schedule a dental cleaning and exam at Dentistry For Today.