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Oral health problems can often start out small and gradually progress to cause serious complications. This can often cause discomfort, heightened sensitivity, or pain. Left untreated, some of these maladies can even cause a life-threatening infection!

To help prevent these things from happening, the American Dental Association has provided a series of recommendations. Each is designed to maintain the health of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues.

One of the most important things you can do to help preserve good oral health is to develop an effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine.

This starts with brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated with micro-abrasives and added fluoride. While brushing, be sure to work each tooth in small circular motions rather than simply brushing back and forth.

At night, when you’re done eating for the day, you should floss between each of your teeth. Be sure to also floss into the gum line and behind your back molars. These often forgotten areas can easily trap stray food particles and plaque.

The ADA also advocates seeing a dentist twice each year for a routine dental cleaning and exam. This will help detect any signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer. If a problem is found, you can then find expedient treatment.

If you live in the McKinney, Texas, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, you should call (972) 347-0945 to schedule a dental exam with the dentists at Vital Dental’s dental office.