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Brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as remembering to floss at least once per day is the foundation of an effective oral hygiene routine. This is intended to remove food particles, plaque, and other bacterial matter before they can contribute to tooth decay or periodontal disease.

When brushing your teeth, the American Dental Association recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoridated toothpaste. It’s best to brush in small circular motions, cleaning the upper, and then lower teeth. Don’t forget the biting and chewing surfaces of your teeth, and your tongue. To clean your front teeth, you should hold your toothbrush vertically, and use short, up-and-down strokes. Ideally, it should take you about two minutes to completely clean all your teeth.

It’s also worth noting that some oral product manufacturers offer specially formulated toothpastes, intended to address other dental care needs. Toothpaste formulated with potassium nitrate can sometimes help to address tooth sensitivity problems. Just keep in mind that this might also mask other problems with the health of your teeth. Minor dental stains can sometimes be a nuisance, and there are toothpastes on the market that have whitening agents. Most brands that have been approved by the American Dental Association use a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide as the active whitening ingredient. These active ingredients are only strong enough to address minor dental stains. If you have more significant stains on your teeth, you will likely need an in-office whitening treatment from our dentist, Dr. Ellen Nam.

If you live in the Rowlett, Texas, area, and you are concerned about your dental health, you should call 972-475-2321 to schedule a dental checkup with the professional staff at Rodem Tree Dental.