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Brushing your teeth is vital to great oral health care. There are other steps you can take, namely, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and visiting your dentist. Let’s address these one at a time.


Brushing is important, and one of the most basic things you can do to take care of your teeth. Choose an ADA approved toothbrush with soft bristles. Use gentle pressure, as stiff bristles or rough scrubbing can damage your gums and your tooth enamel. Brush twice a day, for two minutes each time.


Flossing is the daily companion to brushing, and can be difficult to remember. However, that 2-3 minutes a day can bring excellent results in the fight against plaque and cavities. Use an 18-inch piece of single-filament floss, to allow you to use a fresh section of thread for each tooth. Floss using a gentle sawing motion. Don’t forget to floss behind the back molars!

Mouthwash can be a tricky subject, as there are many varieties and uses. However, the addition of a therapeutic mouthwash can be beneficial to some people. Therapeutic mouthwash is mouthwash that helps the health of the mouth, rather than merely temporarily freshening breath. If you need to avoid alcohol, read labels carefully, as many mouthrinses contain lots of alcohol. Don’t give mouthwash to children under the age of 6.


Visiting your dentist is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. If you are in the Lemon Grove, California area, call Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc at 619-569-1925 to set an appointment today! Dr. Richard Cavallaro and our team look forward to seeing you!