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The American Dental Association advocates a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine to help prevent complications from cavities and gum disease. This is founded on brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day.

Your soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste can do a significant amount of removing plaque and food particles from your mouth. However, there might still be some places that are hard places to reach. This could be behind your back molars, the contours of a particular tooth, or along the gumline.

In a situation like this, you might want to try using quality water flossing device. It can be particularly helpful for thoroughly cleaning along the gumline.

It’s important to note that a water flosser is not a viable alternative to the physical effectiveness of dental floss. It’s best to think of it as an augment to enhance your regular brushing and flossing endeavors.

Once you are done brushing and flossing you might want to also try rinsing your mouth vigorously with some antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove loosened food particles and further kill any lingering bacteria living in your mouth.

If you live in the Beverly Hills, California, area and you have concerns about your oral hygiene routine, you can always call 310-734-4557 to speak with Dr. Joseph Goodman or one of the professional staff members at Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD. We look forward to helping you with your oral care needs!