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Cavities and periodontal health problems can cause discomfort, prove costly to treat, and could result in the loss of multiple teeth. To prevent these problems from befalling you the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once.

Applying a small amount of toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush will help scour the faces and contours of your teeth. Added fluoride also helps keep your tooth enamel strong. Ideally, you want to brush each tooth individually in a small circular motion. It should take you approximately three minutes to fully brush both sets of your teeth.

While you can floss at any point in the day, performing a thorough flossing of your teeth and gumline after your brush in the evening can be helpful. Be sure to thoroughly floss along the gumline as well as behind each of your back molars. This will help to remove residual food material and plaque before they can harden into tartar.

Your regular dental exam with Dr. Joseph Goodman and his associates is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth. This simple appointment will remove any signs of hardened tartar from your teeth, while also monitoring the health of your teeth, gums, and other important oral tissues.

If you live in the Beverly Hills, California, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 310-734-4557 to schedule a dental exam and cleaning at Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD.