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Maintaining good oral health relies on several important factors. It includes attending a routine dental checkup twice each year as well as a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a brand of toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association is a good first step in removing bacterial deposits from the faces of your teeth.

At the same time the spaces and contours between your teeth and along the gumline can also trap residual sugar plaque and food particles. It’s important to thoroughly floss these areas at least once each day to clear them. You also need to remember to floss behind each of your rear molars.

Bacterial deposits that aren’t removed from these areas can quickly harden into tartar. As time goes on this could significantly increase your chances of suffering from gum disease.

Finding the type of dental floss that you prefer will go a long way toward keeping you encouraged to floss every day.

The special coating on waxed dental floss can help insert the strand into tight places. It can be especially helpful if you have tightly spaced teeth teeth or you are struggling to floss around a new dental crown or dental bridge. Some manufacturers apply flavor additives like mint or cinnamon.

If you live in the New York, New York area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 212-396-8182 to schedule a dental checkup with Drs. Howard, Jason, and Marlisa Popper at Popper Dental.