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A truly effective oral hygiene routine has several key considerations. This encompasses the oral hygiene products you use as well as your brushing and flossing technique. Your regular dental checkup at Garth Collins, DDS will clean your teeth and detect any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease.

When shopping for oral hygiene products, you should only consider those that have earned American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, for safety and effectiveness.

When brushing your teeth each day, the ADA recommends that you use a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will also help to fortify the strength of your tooth enamel.

When you are done brushing, you should floss between your teeth and along the gum line. Flossing is the most effective to remove plaque and trapped food particles to prevent them from hardening into tartar. If you’ve had a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past, you might want to use a wax-coated dental floss. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.

After you are done brushing and flossing, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.

At Garth Collins, DDS, your regular dental checkup and cleaning will remove hardened tartar as well as detect early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, you should call Garth Collins, DDS at 916.985.2550 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!