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Cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other oral health conditions can cause significant discomfort and prove costly to treat. The long term ramifications of any of these problems can impact your overall quality of life.

Maintaining a healthy mouth throughout your life incorporates many important factors.

A consistent daily oral hygiene routine is the first line of defense for maintaining a healthy mouth. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice and floss once per day.

You should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste with added fluoride. Brush each tooth individually in small circles. It should take you two to three minutes to fully clean both sets of your teeth.

It’s important to floss each day. If you’ve a hard time working floss between your teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. 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 into the gumline and behind your back molars.

Some oral hygiene products are only meant for cosmetic use. When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal means they’ve been tested by the ADA for safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene routine.

Your regular dental cleaning and exam at Dr. Gina Kaiser and Nicole Malony’s dental office is also critical for maintaining good oral health. This will effectively remove hardened tartar and monitor your mouth for signs cavities and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic cancer screening to detect early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in the Berryville, Virginia, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, you should call 540-955-0270 to schedule a dental exam at Berryville Dental Associates.