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Cavities and gum disease can cause significant discomfort. Left untreated they could cause the loss of multiple teeth, and also lead to possible medical complications.

To help prevent these problems from developing the American Dental Association recommends that administer a consistent and effective oral hygiene routine each day. This is based on brushing your teeth twice each day as well as making the active effort to thoroughly floss at least once per day.

It’s best to brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste that has also been formulated with mild abrasives. This is intended to help clean away plaque and food material from the faces and contours of your teeth. The fluoride will also help you maintain strong tooth enamel, to resist cavities.

When it’s time to floss you need to remember to clean between each of your teeth as well as along the gumline. Don’t forget to clean the area behind each of your rear molars. There different varieties of dental floss sold in stores. Flavor additives, and waxed coating have no clinical benefit, yet finding the variety that meets your personal preference will keep you encouraged to floss each day.

The American Dental Association also recommends that you have routine dental checkup administered every six months by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Yong Eon Park. This outpatient appointment will effectively remove all traces of tartar and other bacterial deposits from your teeth while also detecting any signs of active tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you live in the Bakersfield, California, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, you should call 661.588.2772 to schedule a dental checkup at Bright Dental Care.