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Your mouth is a very complex part of the body that plays a wide range of roles. While it is primarily used to chew food, you also speak, breathe, and make many facial expressions with your mouth. Problems with periodontal disease, cavities, oral, and pharyngeal cancer can significantly alter the health of your mouth and lead to other ancillary problems.

To help reduce your chances of suffering common oral health problems the American Dental Association offers several recommendations.

One of the most important aspects of maintaining good oral health is to develop and maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. This is founded on brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day.

The quality of your oral hygiene products is also a major factor. When shopping for toothpaste, dental floss, and antiseptic mouthwash, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal indicates that the product was tested for safe and effective use of a daily oral hygiene regimen.

You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with added fluoride to brush your teeth. Try to work the head of the brush in small circles around each tooth. This should take two to three minutes.

Waxed dental floss can be very beneficial if you’ve had tightly spaced teeth. The light special coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums. It’s also important to floss into the gum line and behind each of your back molars.

You can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria, freshen your breath and wash away any loose food particles.  Just keep in mind that this cannot replace the effectiveness of floss for removing food and bacterial deposits.

Your regular dental checkup at Dr. Stuart Graber’s dental office is also a critical element of maintaining a healthy mouth. This will effectively remove dangerous calculus, and monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease. The check-up also includes a basic cancer screening for early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This is especially important, as early detection increases treatment success.

If you live in the Purchase, New York, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, you should call 914-996-7786 to schedule a checkup at OneDent of Westchester.