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Brushing your teeth each morning and night and making a conscious effort to floss at least once per day represents the foundation of an effective oral hygiene routine. This daily measure helps to remove residual food particles and plaque before they can harden into tartar or cause a chronic buildup of plaque acids.

A soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoridated toothpaste can help remove plaque and food particles from the faces of your teeth. The added fluoride component also helps to strengthen the mineral density of your tooth enamel.

Some people find certain areas of their mouth and the contours of dental work hard to clean. Sometimes a toothbrush can struggle to effectively clean away bacterial deposits from these areas.

In an instance such as this, a quality water flossing device can help clean these areas and remove some food particles near the contours of the gumline. The American Dental Association has approved varieties and brands indexed on their website.

Just keep in mind that a dental water flosser is not considered to be a viable alternative to the physical effectiveness of dental floss.

Upon completion of your daily oral hygiene routine, you might want to also try rinsing your mouth vigorously with some antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove loosened food particles and further kill any lingering bacteria.

If you live in the New Lenox, Illinois, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 815-485-2345 to set up a dental checkup with a dentist like Dr. Caesar Ciaglia and the staff professionals at New Lenox Dental Group.