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Poor oral hygiene from inadequate oral care promotes tooth decay and increases your chances of developing periodontal disease. There are several key considerations in a truly effective oral hygiene routine. This extends to the quality of oral hygiene products you use, frequency of brushing, the effectiveness of your flossing technique, and attending your regular dental checkups with Dr. Moumen Almouzayn.

Before purchasing a particular oral hygiene product, you should look for American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal signifies that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day helps to remove plaque and food particles from teeth and along the gum line. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasive toothpaste. It’s also nice if the toothpaste has fluoride added to help strengthening tooth enamel.

After you are done brushing you should floss between your teeth and into the gum line to remove food particles and plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Waxed floss is handy if you have a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past. Make sure you work the floss into a U shape to maximize the cleaning area and floss around the gum line.

If you’d like, you can then rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the effectiveness of floss.

Your regular dental checkup with Dr. Moumen Almouzayn helps remove any hardened tartar while also detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, please call Dr. Moumen Almouzayn at 203.245.5101 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!