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To win the fight against tooth decay and gum disease–two of the most prevalent oral diseases today–our Wasatch Gentle Dental team in Murray, Utah recommends the following. Our goal is to help you achieve a beautiful smile which starts with a healthy mouth.

The most important way to prevent cavities and gum disease is to clean your mouth every single day. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, and using a fluoride toothpaste if you have a history of cavities. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid wearing down tooth enamel and causing gum recession. Make sure the brush fits easily into the back of the mouth as well.

If you prefer, you can use an electric or battery-operated toothbrush instead of a manual one. Angle the brush and use gentle strokes to clean, don’t saw harshly. Pay attention to all areas of each tooth; top, back, and front. Also, take a few seconds to brush your tongue from back to front to clear plaque accumulation. Rinse thoroughly.

Rinse your toothbrush well when you are finished to remove oral debris and bacteria you just loosened. Store the brush uncovered and upright between each use to air-dry it. Closed containers invite mold, bacteria, and yeast to grow on the brush. Get a new brush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months, and sooner if the bristles lose their shape.

Flossing is the second half of brushing, as it clears away bacteria and plaque between the teeth and along the gumline. Rub the floss between teeth, just don’t snap the floss into the gum tissue. Clean every tooth, rubbing up and down with fresh areas of floss as you clean. If you prefer, you can floss with a device that works best for you. Try out dental picks, tiny brushes, pre-threaded flossing devices, oral irrigators, or even silicone plaque removers to find your flossing method of choice.

Finally, followup with an oral rinse to kill destructive bacteria and attend routine dental cleanings to protect against cavities and gum disease. To schedule your next visit with our dentist, Dr. Andrew Smith please call 801-262-6661 today!