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A consistent oral hygiene routine is essential for preventing cavities and gum disease. This starts with remembering to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. You should also floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline once per day. Don’t forget to clean behind each of your rear molars.

Vigorously rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash can help to clear away any loosened material. It can also help to kill any lingering oral bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the physical effectiveness of traditional dental floss. It is merely an aid for clearing the mouth, killing bacteria and freshening your breath.

You should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance before using a new brand of mouthwash. This ensures that the product has been tested for safe and effective oral use.

Attending your twice a year dental checkups at Park Dental of Edmonds & Snohomish is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth. If our dentists finds an area of concern he will help you understand your treatment and preventive options. This might include making some improvements in your daily routine.

If you live in the Snohomish, Washington, area and you have oral health or oral hygiene concerns you can call 360-680-3081 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Kevin Park.