The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once each day. This is intended to thoroughly remove all traces of plaque and stray food from your teeth to reduce your chances of suffering tooth decay or periodontal disease.
The most common form of toothpaste includes mild abrasive additives and trace amounts of fluoride. The mild abrasives help make your toothbrush more effective at cleaning the surfaces of your teeth and the fluoride helps bolster the mineral strength of your tooth enamel. This has the net effect of helping your teeth resist the bacterial influence of tooth decay.
When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, be sure to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo that is printed on the outer packaging indicates that the toothpaste has been researched and tested to meet stringent guidelines for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.
Once you’re done brushing your teeth, you should floss between your teeth and along the gumline each day. Be sure to also floss behind your rear molars. Once this is done, you can give your mouth a vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash to clear away stray material and kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.
If you live in the Wausau, Wisconsin, area and you need advice about selecting a new brand of toothpaste for your household, you can always call 715-845-6222 to speak to Dr. Grant R Young or a member of the Grant R Young DDS staff.