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Your daily oral hygiene regimen is the very first line of defense against cavities and periodontal health problems. It starts with remembering to thoroughly brush your teeth twice each day and making the effort to floss at least once a day.

With daily consistency and effective technique, these simple measures can clear away a significant amount of plaque buildup, sugar residue, and food particles. If these are not removed from your mouth each day, it can lead to the increased buildup of plaque acids and the development of hardened tartar at the gumline.

If you would like, you can also vigorously rinse your mouth with a modest amount of antiseptic mouthwash. This can help evacuate loosened food matter while also killing any lingering oral bacteria.

It’s important to note that despite some marketing claims, even antiseptic mouthwash that has earned the approval of the American Dental Association cannot replace the physical effectiveness of dental floss for cleaning between teeth, behind molars, and the gumline.

Just be sure to always look for the ADA’S Seal of Acceptance when you are shopping for antiseptic mouthwash. This ensures that the active ingredients have been tested for safety and effectiveness.

If you live in the Falls Church, Virginia, region and you have questions about the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene regimen, you should call 703-982-2222 to schedule a dental checkup at Smile Studio Dental with our dentist, Dr. Eli Janabi.