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The American Dental Association encourages consumers to practice a consistent daily oral hygiene routine founded on brushing twice and flossing at least once each day. While most people are comfortable with brushing their teeth, some are reticent to floss consistently.

Your soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste can do a significant amount of removing plaque and food particles from your mouth. However, there might still be some places that are hard places to reach. This could be behind your back molars, the contours of your teeth, as well as the gumline.

In a situation like this, you might want to try using an ADA approved water flossing device. This can be particularly helpful for thoroughly cleaning along the gumline. To ensure that you are using a high quality water flosser, you can check the ADA’s online index of products that have been tested for safe and effective oral use.

Once you are done brushing and flossing, you might want to also try rinsing your mouth vigorously with some antiseptic mouthwash. This can help loosen and remove food particles and further kill any lingering bacteria living in your mouth.

If you live in the Haymarket, Virginia, area and you have concerns about your oral hygiene routine, you can always call 571-261-2600 to speak with Dr. Tontra Lowe, DDS or one of the professional staff members here at Awesome Smiles Dental Center.