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A healthy mouth is important for good quality of life. Many oral health issues can be inconvenient or even painful while treatment can also be expensive. Of course, maintaining your mouth calls for more than occasionally brushing and flossing your teeth as you hope for the best. Indeed, there are many factors to consider to help maintain good oral health for the long term.

To aid in this endeavor, Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman and the oral care specialists at the Prescott, AZ, clinic offer the following insights.

It’s important to make sure you only use high-quality oral hygiene products. When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash, you should always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance for safety and effectiveness. This seal means they’ve been tested by the ADA for safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene routine.

A consistent daily oral hygiene routine is also critical for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste with added fluoride.

It’s important to floss your teeth each night after you’re done eating for the day. If you have had a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past, you might want to use a wax-coated 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.

You can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that this cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing for removing detritus and bacterial buildup.

Your regular dental checkups at Prescott Dental Group is also critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. This will allow our team to effectively remove dangerous calculus and monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic cancer screening for early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This is especially important as early detection increases treatment success.

If you live in the Prescott, AZ, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, you should call 928-277-4754 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman.