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An effective oral hygiene routine is a critical component for maintaining a healthy mouth. It calls for brushing your teeth each morning and evening with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. You also need to remember to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline.

If bacterial deposits are not efficiently removed from the faces and spaces between your teeth it can leave you at increased risk for cavities and gum disease. Many individuals who struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine are also at increased risk for tooth sensitivity linked to tooth enamel erosion.

It’s important to recognize that some oral product manufacturers mask ineffective oral hygiene products with eloquent marketing claims. To help consumers identify high-quality oral care products for their daily routine, the American Dental Association offers their Seal of Acceptance program.

An oral hygiene manufacturer can voluntarily submit a new product to the American Dental Association before offering it in stores. The active ingredients will then be researched and tested for safety as well as overall effectiveness. If it meets high standards, it will earn the right to print the Seal of Acceptance on the label.

Having our dentist, Dr. Scott Ellard, administer a dental checkup twice each year is also an important part of maintaining a healthy mouth. The simple outpatient appointment will serve to clean away any bacterial deposits from your teeth while also monitoring the general health of your mouth.

If you live in the Portage, Michigan, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, you should call 269-329-1880 to set up a dental checkup at Scott Ellard Dentistry.