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Consistent oral hygiene practices are very important for the prevention of cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. This starts with brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as flossing your teeth at least once each day.

When brushing, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoridated toothpaste. Work the brush head in small circles around the face and contours of each tooth. If there’s an area that you’re struggling to clean, you might want to try using an interdental brush or an oral water jet device.  

It’s important to floss between each of your teeth to remove any residual food matter and plaque deposits before they can harden into tartar. If this happens your chances of suffering gum disease can increase. The increased plaque acids in your mouth could also start to gradually demineralize your tooth enamel increasing your chances of suffering from tooth decay.

You also need to make a concerted effort to floss along the gumline where your teeth meet your periodontal tissues as well as behind each of your rear molars. These areas can sometimes trap significant bacterial deposits.

If you live in the Couer d'Alene, Idaho, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, we invite you to call 208-667-1578 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Michael Scholes and the staff at Scholes Family Dental.