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The American Dental Association recognizes that a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine is one of the important key factors in maintaining good oral health. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Kevin Caldwell, offers these key insights to incorporate into your daily habits.

The first factor is the quality of the oral hygiene products you use. You should only purchase products that have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss once each evening to remove plaque and food particles. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste with added fluoride also helps keep your tooth enamel strong. This can mitigate tooth sensitivity and help prevent cavities.

Flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque and trapped food particles to prevent them from hardening into tartar. Waxed dental floss can help you easily work the floss into hard-to-reach places. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.

Your twice-annual dental checkup and cleaning at our office will remove any lingering traces of hardened tartar. It will also monitor your mouth for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine in Webb City, Missouri, you can always call 417.673.1988 to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Kevin Caldwell.