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Brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as remembering to floss at least once each day, is a very important measure for removing residual food particles, sugar residue, and plaque from your mouth.

If you are not consistent in these efforts, plaque acids can start to demineralize your tooth enamel, and hardened tartar can develop on your teeth near the gumline. If this persists on a regular basis, it could increase your chances of suffering from cavities and periodontal health problems.

Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste that includes mild abrasives can help remove a significant amount of bacterial material from your mouth. However, there might still be some places that prove hard to clean. This could be behind your back molars, the contours of a specific tooth, or near the gumline.

You might want to try using quality water flossing device, choose one that has the ADA seal of acceptance. This can be particularly helpful for thoroughly cleaning along the gumline.

You could also include a vigorous rinse with a little antiseptic mouthwash to help remove loosened food particles and kill any lingering bacteria living in your mouth.

If you live in the Sandy Springs, Georgia, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 404-692-7913 to speak with our dentists, Drs. Tantuco and Chong, or one of the professional staff members at Vernon Woods Dental Care Associates.