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Making a conscious effort to floss at least once per day as well as brushing your teeth each morning and night is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. With consistency this daily routine can help food particles, plaque and sugar residue to reduce the bacterial presence in your mouth. This reduces your chances of suffering from tooth decay and gum disease.

When flossing you need to thoroughly clean between each of your teeth as well as along the gumline. Don’t forget to clean the area behind each of your rear molars.

A vigorous rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash that has been approved by the ADA can also help kill bacteria and remove previously loosened food particles from your mouth. However, antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the physical effectiveness of dental floss.

Excess bacterial deposits in your mouth can eventually harden into tartar which could lead to problems with gum disease. Early symptoms of a periodontal health problem could include gums that bleed easily and chronic bad breath. Undiagnosed and untreated this could eventually lead to the loss of multiple teeth as well as other oral health complications.

If you live in the Gallup, New Mexico, area and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you should call (505) 863-8100 to schedule an appointment with one of our dental specialists, Dr. Riche, Dr. Wilson, or Dr. Anandarajah at Ortho*Dental, Inc..