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The American Dental Association was created to help advise consumers on the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth. This includes guidelines that all contribute to long term oral health. If any one of these areas is lacking you could be at increased risk of suffering from gum disease, cavities, and various forms of oral cancer.

Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing each night is critical for removing plaque and residual food particles. If you are inconsistent with your daily oral hygiene routine it can allow tartar to harden at the gumline, increasing your chances of suffering gum disease and tooth decay

Flossing at least once a day is also important for preventing tartar. Make sure to work the strand of dental floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline. Don’t forget to floss behind your last molar as bacterial deposits can build up in this area.

The quality of the oral hygiene products you use will also have a significant impact. Some cosmetic oral hygiene products are masked in glamorous marketing claims that hide their ineffectiveness.

Be sure to always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal is used to identify products that have been thoroughly researched and tested to be a safe and effective part of an oral hygiene regimen.

Attending your regular dental checkup every six months is also very important. During this appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and your mouth examined for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral and pharyngeal cancer. If our dentist finds an area of concern, they will present you with the appropriate treatment options.

If you live in the Riverdale, New York area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, we invite you to call our Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center team at 718-548-3353 to schedule a dental exam. Dr. Sidney Adler and Dr. Beth Berson along with the rest of our team are here for your smile!