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Quality oral hygiene products, brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, as well as attending your regular dental checkups at Southland Smiles all play a critical role in maintaining good oral health.

When shopping for oral hygiene products, you should only consider those that have earned American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal proves that the product has been rigorously tested and researched for safety and effectiveness.

You should brush your teeth twice a day with soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will also help fortify the strength of your tooth enamel.

Once you have thoroughly brushed your chompers, you should floss between your teeth and along the gumline. Flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque and trapped food particles and to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you have a hard time working floss between your teeth, 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.

You can also complete the smile-cleaning job by rinsing. Rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash has the additional benefit of killing bacteria and rinsing away lingering food particles in the mouth.

Your regular dental checkup and cleaning at Southland Smiles is designed to remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and detect early signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer.

If you are overdue for your next dental cleaning with your dentist, Dr. Richard Mantoan, you should not delay in calling 708-794-4253 to schedule an appointment.