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Along with brushing your teeth each morning and night, flossing once per day is critical for removing bacterial deposits from your mouth. This is an essential measure to prevent oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Each time you brush, you should spend at least two minutes and use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hold the toothbrush at a 45=degree angle, brush in small circles, and clean the insides of your front teeth by holding your toothbrush vertically. Make sure that the toothpaste you use contains added fluoride and has also earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. When you floss, you need to make sure that you are thoroughly cleaning the spaces between your teeth as well as along your gumline. You also need to remember to floss behind each of your molars. These areas can easily trap food debris and create places for plaque to accumulate. A mouthwash or rinse can also help remove any food particles loosened by brushing. It’s important to note that even the most potent antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the physical effectiveness of dental floss.

If you live in the Aliso Viejo, California, area and you are concerned about your oral health and hygiene you should call 949-831-3111 to schedule an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Samuel Yee DDS and the staff at Samuel Yee DDS INC.