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The health of your smile is necessary when it comes to chewing food, speaking properly and demonstrating facial expressions. Daily oral hygiene is the key to stable oral health and the prevention of oral problems like tooth decay and gum disease. We offer some tips on proper oral care to help you remove and prevent plaque and tartar.

Using an abrasive fluoridated toothpaste and toothbrush with soft bristles is an excellent start to tooth brushing. Move the toothbrush in small circular motions to clean each tooth, brushing for about two to three minutes morning and night.

Flossing is also very important because it removes bacteria from your teeth and gums. Neglecting to floss every day can lead to the development of hardened tartar that is linked to dangerous periodontal concerns. You may find that using a waxed dental floss makes flossing easier due to the waxy coating that can slip into tight spaces without forcing its way into the gums.

Because some oral hygiene products mainly offer cosmetic properties, we invite you to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on any brand of product you are considering. This is a small logo that certifies the product has been thoroughly tested.

Don’t forget to schedule your routine dental checkups with the dentist every six months to address any tartar in your smile and screen for signs of gum disease or tooth decay to ensure you are in good health.

Please feel free to contact our office at 810.985.3301 today for a visit with Dr. Scott Ferguson to discuss the needs of your oral health in Kimball, Michigan.