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A truly effective oral hygiene routine is absolutely essential for maintaining oral health by preventing tooth decay and gum disease. There are a few key factors that Dr. David J. Harsant recommends for developing your own daily oral hygiene routine.

The first factor is to use safe and effective oral hygiene products for brushing and flossing twice each day. Before buying any oral hygiene product you want to look for American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal signifies that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

The ADA and Dr. David J. Harsant both recommend brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste with added fluoride is also helpful for strengthening your tooth enamel.

Once you are done brushing you should immediately floss between your teeth and along the gum line to remove plaque and food particles from teeth and along the gum line. Once you are done brushing and flossing you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the effectiveness of floss.

Attending your regular dental checkups with Dr. David J. Harsant twice a year will effectively remove any hardened tartar from your teeth and catch any signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, you should call Dr. David J. Harsant at 910.864.4646 to schedule an appointment.