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Your mouth is a complex system of biological components and organs that work in concert to allow you to chew food and breathe and speak clearly. If any part of your mouth is afflicted with some oral disease or dysfunction, it can have significant and costly ramifications on your quality of life.

Occasional brushing and flossing simply isn’t enough to maintain long-term oral health. To address all aspects of a healthy mouth, Dr. Sidney Adler offers the following insights.

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove plaque and residual food particles from your teeth and gumline. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will help fortify the strength of your tooth enamel. Using a brand that has micro abrasives also makes your toothbrush more efficient at cleaning the faces of your teeth.

Once you’re done brushing, you should floss between your teeth and along the gumline. If you have a hard time working the floss between your teeth, you might want to use a wax-coated dental floss. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.

If you would like, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. For more information, please call our office at 718-548-3353 in Riverdale, New York. We are always happy to address any questions pertaining to your oral care.