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There are several important factors that contribute to maintaining good oral health. A consistent oral hygiene routine which includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste helps remove plaque and residual food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. You also need to remember to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline once each day.

Inconsistent oral hygiene habits can lead to a buildup of hardened tartar on your teeth near the gumline. As it continues to accumulate you will be at increased risk of suffering from periodontal disease.

Our dentists also note that finding the type of floss that you like best will help keep you encouraged to floss every day. Nylon and extruded monofilament are the two common materials used for dental floss.

Some manufacturers will also apply an artificial flavor to make the floss more appealing. Waxed dental floss is sometimes preferable for individuals with tightly spaced teeth as the special coating helps to insert the strand.

Of course, these minor differences do not make any one particular type of floss more effective than another. They simply make it more appealing to meet your personal preferences.

Maintaining a healthy mouth also calls for having a routine dental checkup performed twice a year at Complete Dental Care. At each of these appointments, we will clean bacterial deposits from your teeth while monitoring your mouth for any signs of cavities and gum disease.

If you live in the Steubenville, Ohio, area and have gum disease concerns, please call 740-314-4941 to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team.