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Cavity and gum disease prevention starts with a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste serves to remove plaque and food particles from the faces of our teeth. Carefully flossing once each day also removes bacterial deposits from the spaces between your teeth as well as along the gumline.


Many people also like to vigorously rinse their mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. Just a small amount can help remove material that was loosened by brushing and flossing while also killing additional oral bacteria and freshening your breath.


At the same time you also need to remember that antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the physical effects of dental floss.


Before using a particular brand of mouthwash you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that the product has been tested for safe and effective oral use.


Having a dental checkup performed twice each year by a dentist like Dr. Catharine Willis is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth. If he finds an area of concern he will help you understand any necessary treatment and preventive options.


If you live in the Lacey Spring, Alabama, area and you have oral health or oral hygiene concerns you can call (256) 498-3570 to schedule a dental checkup at Catharine Willis DMD.