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A consistent daily oral hygiene routine is essential for preventing periodontal disease problems and tooth decay. This starts with remembering to brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. You will also need to make a conscious effort to thoroughly floss between your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day.

Your brushing technique should focus on cleaning all exterior surfaces and contours of your teeth. This includes working the brush head in small circles to clean one tooth at a time. It should take you approximately two to three minutes to fully clean both sets of teeth.

An effective flossing technique includes cleaning the spaces between each of your teeth. You should also focus on cleaning along the gumline. This will clear away plaque and stray food deposits before they can harden into bacterial tartar.  

It’s also important to remember to clean behind each of your rear molars. Bacterial deposits and residual food particles can easily develop in these areas promoting cavities and gum disease problems.  

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area and you have an oral health or hygiene concern, you should call 757.222.3737 to schedule a dental checkup from a dentist like Dr. Pia Sweeney, Dr. Bruce Utterback, and the staff at Sweeney Utterback Dentistry.