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Brushing your teeth is a vital aspect of great oral health care. There are other important and basic things you can do as well: flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist. Let’s address these one at a time.

Brushing is key and one of the most basic things you can do to care for your teeth. Choose an ADA approved toothbrush with soft bristles. Gentle pressure, such as stiff bristles or rough scrubbing, can injure your gums and your tooth enamel. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each.

Flossing is brushing’s daily companion. Did you know that 2-3 minutes a day can bring excellent results in the fight against plaque and cavities? It’s true. Use an 18-inch piece of single-filament floss, to allow you to use a fresh section of thread for each tooth. Floss uses a gentle sawing motion. Don’t forget to floss behind the back molars!

Therapeutic mouthwash can be very helpful to your mouth. Therapeutic mouthwash differs from cosmetic mouthwash in that it kills bad bacteria and aids the health of the mouth, rather than merely temporarily freshening breath. If you need to avoid alcohol, read labels carefully. Don’t give mouthwash to children under six years old.

Visiting your dentist regularly is another vital part of your oral hygiene routine. If you are in the Brigham City, Utah area, simply call Haws Family Dentistry at 435-734-9144 to set an appointment today! Dr. Jayson C. Haws and our team are excited to see you!