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There’s no doubt about it: oral hygiene is absolutely essential for your oral health. This will prevent any costly treatments that may be needed in the future to repair your smile. Potomac Dental Centre is here to help educate you and provide a review on the basics of oral hygiene, which are as follows:

You’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush for about two minutes every time, meticulously cleaning each tooth. You’ll also need to floss once every day. You can also rinse your mouth daily with antiseptic mouthwash for an extra boost of dental health.

You’ll want to visit Dr. Everett Eklund every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. This appointment will help you wholly remove any bacteria from your teeth that advance tooth decay and gum disease. Visiting your dentist will ensure you are getting a close examination of your teeth to help avoid expensive procedures. For example, if a small cavity is caught in advance, then it can be treated. If not, then it may evolve into a tooth needed to be extracted because of a large amount of decay or cracks forming.

Finally, nourish your teeth with fluoride regularly. Fluoride can strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent enamel erosion and tooth decay. You can brush with fluoride toothpaste, receive a professional fluoride treatment at our office, and if your city places fluoride in your tap water, make sure to drink it often.

Do you have any questions about oral hygiene in Hagerstown, Maryland? Or is it time for your semiannual cleaning and exam? Our dental team will be excited to talk with you and give you the answers you’re looking for so call us at 301-790-2007 today!