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The American Dental Association recognizes that your daily oral hygiene routine is the very first line of defense against cavities and gum disease problems. It starts with remembering to thoroughly brush your teeth each morning and night and making a conscious effort to floss at least once each day.

This simple regimen is intended to clear away a significant amount of plaque buildup, sugar residue, and food particles. If these are not removed from your mouth each day it can lead to the increased buildup of plaque acids and the development of hardened tartar at the gumline.

Once you’re done brushing and flossing you could also vigorously rinse your mouth with a little antiseptic mouthwash. This can help evacuate loosened food matter while also killing any lingering oral bacteria.

It’s also important to note that while antiseptic mouthwash can kill bacteria, it is only intended to augment your brushing and flossing attempts. It cannot replace dental floss’ ability to physically clean away bacterial deposits from between teeth and along the gumline.

You should also take note to always look for the ADA’S Seal of Acceptance when you are shopping for antiseptic mouthwash. This ensures that the active ingredients have been tested for safety and effectiveness.

If you live in the Lake City, Florida, region and you have questions about the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene regimen, you should call 386.752.1342 to schedule a dental checkup at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.