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Preserving the health of your teeth and periodontal tissues is very important for your overall quality of life. Cavities, gum disease and other oral health conditions can be expensive to treat and cause significant discomfort.

To help improve your chances of maintaining a healthy mouth throughout the course of your life, the American Dental Association offers a series of recommendations and guidelines. This involves practicing a consistent daily oral hygiene routine, of brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once.

When you brush your teeth make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush worked in small circles around the face and contours of each tooth. If there’s an area that you’re struggling to clean, you might want to try using an interdental brush or a dental water flosser.

It’s important to floss between each of your teeth to remove plaque buildup and residual food matter before they can harden into tartar. If this happens your chances of suffering gum disease can increase.

Be mindful to also floss along the gumline, where your teeth meet your periodontal tissues, as well as behind each of your rear molars. These areas can sometimes trap significant bacterial deposits.

If you live in the Mentor, Ohio, area and you have concerns about the health of your gums, you should call 440-266-1740 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Andrea Miller and the staff at Dental Specialists of Lake Co. Inc..