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Good oral hygiene is about more than simply preventing a cavity. Indeed, there are several factors that go into maintaining good oral health. If any one of them is lacking, the symptoms and complications can be inconvenient as well as discomforting. In many cases, the treatment for serious oral maladies can even be rather costly.

To help you ensure a healthy mouth for many years to come, Dr. Victor Zeines offers the following insights.

Of course, the quality of the oral hygiene products you use is important. You should only purchase products that have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance because it proves safety and effectiveness.

The ADA also recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day to remove plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. Added fluoride also helps keep your tooth enamel strong. Be sure to clean each tooth individually in a small circular motion rather than sawing the brush back and forth.

It’s also important to floss once each evening after you are done eating for the day. Waxed dental floss can help you more 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. Be sure to floss along the gumline as well as behind each of your back molars.

Attending a dental checkup and cleaning at Woodstock & Manhattan Institute for Holistic Dentistry is also very important. This includes a thorough dental cleaning that will remove any lingering traces of hardened tartar. It will also monitor your mouth for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you live in the Shokan, New York, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 845-657-2322 to schedule an appointment at Woodstock & Manhattan Institute for Holistic Dentistry.