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The American Dental Association advocates consistent oral hygiene practices to help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions. This starts by performing a daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once each day. Do so will help clear your mouth of bacterial deposits to lessen the chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.

Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that includes mild abrasives and added fluoride will help clean away plaque and food particles from the faces of your teeth. The added fluoride will also help to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Flossing between each of your teeth, along the gumline, and behind your back molars is also critical for preventing gum disease. There different varieties of dental floss sold in stores. 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.

Furthermore, the ADA also recommends having a dentist perform a dental checkup and cleaning twice each year. This simple appointment 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 Port Jefferson Station, New York, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 631-928-2020 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr. and the oral care specialists at N.J. Nicastro Dental PC.