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Maintaining a healthy mouth throughout your adult life encompasses several important factors. It includes brushing your teeth every morning and night, as well as remembering to thoroughly floss between each of your teeth once per day. Making a conscious effort to clean along the gumline as well as behind each of your rear molars is also a critical component for preventing gum disease and cavities.

If you are inconsistent with your daily routine, the resulting acidic environment in your mouth can gradually start to demineralize your tooth enamel and put you at increased risk for tooth decay. At the same time hardened tartar near the gumline can significantly increase your chances of developing periodontal health problems.

Some people find it helpful to floss at night after they are done eating for the day. Effectively cleaning the spaces between your teeth and gum line starts with gently inserting the strand of dental floss between two teeth. You should then curve it to maximize contact with the tooth. It may take multiple strokes to sufficiently remove food particles and plaque.

Once you are done brushing and flossing you may want to also want to rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash that has earned American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Having a dentist like Dr. J. Whitley Wills perform a routine dental checkup twice a year, is also an important factor in preventing oral health problems. If he finds a developing issue, our dentist can help you understand your treatment options or preventive care methods.

If you are in the Memphis, Tennessee, region and you have an oral health or hygiene concerns, you can call 901-726-9525 to schedule a dental checkup at our office.