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Good oral health isn’t just important for preserving the state of your teeth and gums. It also plays a significant role in your overall quality of life. To that end, the American Dental Association and Dr. Jerry Butler offer several recommendations and guidelines to preserve your oral health.

The first step in the process is an effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine. This is founded on brushing your teeth twice and flossing one each day. Of course, the quality of the oral hygiene products you use is important.

When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal indicates that the product was tested for safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene regimen.

You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with added fluoride to brush your teeth. Try to work the head of the brush in small circles around each tooth. This should take two to three minutes.

If you’ve a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past, you might want to 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. Be sure to floss into the gum line and behind your back molars.

You can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that this cannot replace the effectiveness of floss for removing detritus and bacterial buildup.

Your regular dental checkups at Dr. Jerry Butler’s clinic are also critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. These will effectively remove dangerous calculus and monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic cancer screening for early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This is especially important as early detection increases treatment success.

If you live in the Boone, North Carolina area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, you should call (828) 264-5858 to schedule a checkup at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.