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Your oral health and your overall quality of life are directly linked. When you suffer from cavities and periodontal health problems it can prove uncomfortable and costly to treat. To help you maintain a healthy mouth, the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day.

The quality of the oral hygiene products you use is very important. Some products sold in the oral care aisle are only for cosmetic use. When shopping for new oral hygiene products, you should always look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo printed on the package indicates that its active ingredients have been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

Ideally, you want to choose a toothpaste that includes mild abrasives and added fluoride. When applied to a soft-bristled toothbrush, this type of toothpaste improves your ability to clean away plaque and food particles from the faces of your teeth.

There are several different variations on dental floss. Flavor additives and waxed coating have no clinical benefit over plain, unwaxed dental floss. Finding the variety that best meets your personal preference will help keep you encouraged to floss each day.

Your regular dental checkup at Dr. J. Whitley Wills’s dental office is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth. This will remove all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth while also detecting any signs of gum disease and tooth decay.

If you live in the Memphis, Tennessee, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, you should call 901-726-9525 to schedule a dental checkup at Dr. J. Whitley Wills.