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The American Dental Association and professional dentists like Dr. Joseph Conard recommend brushing your teeth every morning, and night, as well as flossing at least once each day. With consistency, these basic oral hygiene practices will remove plaque, food material, and sugar residue from your mouth.

This will reduce the development of tartar near the gumline and the buildup of plaque acids. Along with attending your routine dental checkups, this will significantly reduce your chances of suffering gum disease and cavities.

Some people also like to use a little mouthwash as part of their daily oral hygiene practices. While this can help kill bacteria and remove loosened food particles, it’s also worth noting that not all mouthwashes are truly effective.

It’s important to keep in mind that some mouthwash manufacturers produce products that only freshen breath on a cosmetic level while doing little to reduce the population of natural bacteria living in your mouth.

It’s a good idea to always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This logo can only be printed on oral hygiene products that have been tested and researched for safe and effective oral use.

If you live in the Waynesville, North Carolina, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can call 828-452-1187 to schedule a consultation appointment with the oral care specialists at Joseph R. Conard, DDS.