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Complications from tooth decay, gum disease and other dental issues might call for invasive treatments and expensive aftercare. So, in a certain light, maintaining good oral health helps maintain your overall quality of life. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Khashayar Khomejany, offers these key insights for maintaining a healthy mouth.

This starts by only purchasing oral hygiene products that have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the product has been tested and researched for safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene routine.

The ADA also recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque and residual food particles from your teeth and gumline. When you brush your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will also help fortify the strength of your tooth enamel while abrasive additives improve the brush’s ability to scour the faces of your teeth.

Once you’re done brushing, you should floss between your teeth and along the gumline. If you have had a hard time working floss between your teeth in the past, 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.

You should also visit Dr. Khashayar Khomejany every six months for a regular dental checkup and cleaning. This will effectively remove dangerous hardened tartar and will monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic cancer screening for early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This is especially important as early detection increases treatment success.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your oral health in Vallejo, California, you should call 707-642-1360 to schedule an appointment at Plaza Dental Care.