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Your daily oral hygiene routine is the very first line of defense to help prevent cavities, periodontal health problems, and other oral health conditions. To aid in this effort the American Dental Association offers several guidelines and recommendations to help consumers maintain good oral health.

This includes brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth before they can harden into dangerous tartar. Many people also like to vigorously rinse their mouth with antiseptic mouthwash after they are done brushing and flossing.

It’s important to note that while it’s true that some brands of antiseptic mouthwash can significantly help kill oral bacteria they still cannot replace the effectiveness of traditional dental floss.

If you forgo flossing between your teeth and gumline, some physical material will inevitably remain. The natural bacteria living in your mouth can exploit these areas leaving your teeth and gums at increased risk of cavities and gum disease.

When shopping for a brand of antiseptic mouthwash you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. It indicates that the product has been tested for safe and effective oral use.

If you live in the Elk Grove, California, area and you have concerns about the quality of your daily oral hygiene routine, you can call 916-683-1994 to speak to Dr. Warren Cheung or a member of the staff at E.G.I. Dental.