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Your daily oral hygiene routine, consisting of brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once each evening, forms a solid foundation for reducing your chances of suffering problems with cavities and gum disease. It is designed to work in conjunction with your twice annual dental checkups with Drs. Holmes and Holmes.

Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste that includes mild abrasives can help clean away plaque and food deposits from the faces and contours of your teeth. The added fluoride component can also help to strengthen your tooth enamel.

It’s also very important to floss between each of your teeth, as well as along the gumline, and behind each of your back molars. There are different varieties of dental floss sold in stores. Flavor additives and waxed coating have no clinical benefit over plain, unwaxed dental floss. Finding the variety that best meets your personal preference will help keep you encouraged to floss each day.

It’s also worth noting that the American Dental Association recommends having a routine dental checkup twice each year. This simple appointment will remove all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth while also detecting any signs of cavities or latent periodontal disease.

If you live in the Fort Collins, Colorado, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 970-221-2499 to schedule a dental checkup with our dentists and the oral care specialists at Holmes Dental.