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Issues with gum disease and cavities are often directly related to an inattentive or inconsistent oral hygiene routine. This can have a profound negative impact on your oral health and your overall quality of life. To aid in this endeavor, Dr. Jelinek and Dr. Silva offers these key aspects to consider to maintain good oral health and hygiene.

The first point of emphasis is to only use high-quality oral hygiene products. You should always look for American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance before purchasing any oral hygiene product. This seal signifies that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. Toothpaste with added fluoride is also helpful for strengthening your tooth enamel.

Once you are done brushing all of your teeth, you should floss between your teeth as well as into the gum line. If you’ve had problems working the floss between your teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The waxy coating on the floss strand helps it slip easily between teeth and into hard to reach places.

You can then rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria, remove loosened food particles and freshen your breath.

Your regular dental checkup and cleaning with our dentists will clean any hardened tartar while monitoring your mouth for signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral health and hygiene you can always call Matthew Jelinek in Shakopee, Minnesota at 952.233.1020 to seek advice and treatment.