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Consistent and effective oral hygiene practices are essential for preventing problems with tooth decay and periodontal disease. Remembering to brush each morning and night, as well as flossing at least once each day, will decrease the bacterial population in your mouth before they can contribute to plaque acid buildup and tartar development.

It should take roughly two to three minutes to thorough brush both sets of teeth. Make sure to clean each tooth by moving your soft-bristled toothbrush in small circles. Applying a little fluoridated toothpaste with mild abrasives will further help clean the faces of the teeth. The added fluoride will also help to strengthen your tooth enamel to resist tooth decay.

It can be helpful to floss your teeth in the evening after you are done eating or snacking for the day. Make sure to thoroughly clean between each of your teeth as well as the gumline. It’s also important to make a conscious effort to to floss behind each of your rear molars each day.

Vigorously rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash can also be helpful in extricating bacteria for your mouth This can help loosened food particles from your mouth and kill any lingering bacteria.

If you live in the Gurnee, Illinois, area and you have an oral health concern you should call 847-662-3414 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Timothy Erdle and the oral care specialists at Institute of Dental Implants and Periodontics.