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Problems with periodontal disease and tooth decay can often be related to an ineffective or insufficient oral hygiene routine. Your dentist, Dr. Pam Crumrine, recommends that you do a few things to maintain good oral hygiene.

First, it’s best to only use high-quality oral hygiene products. You should always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance before purchasing a product. This seal proves that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. Using fluoride toothpaste is also helpful in strengthening your tooth enamel.

Once you are done brushing, you should floss between your teeth and underneath the gumline. If you have problems working the floss between your teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The waxy coating makes the floss slip easily between teeth and into hard-to-reach places.

Once you’re done brushing and flossing, you can then rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria, remove loosened food particles and freshen your breath.

The regular dental checkup and cleaning we offer at Pamela Crumrine DDS will clean any hardened tartar and will allow your dentist to examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene in Beaver, Pennsylvania, you should call our office at 724-775-4860 to schedule an appointment.