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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth each morning and night, as well as floss at least once each day as part of an effective oral hygiene routine. This is designed to remove plaque, food material, and other unwanted bacterial residues before they can contribute to cavity development and periodontal health problems.

When brushing your teeth the ADA recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste with mild abrasives. This will make your toothbrush more efficient at cleaning the surfaces of your teeth while also strengthening the mineral density of your tooth enamel.

As time goes on the bristles of your toothbrush can gradually wear down and bend. This can limit its overall effectiveness. To help maintain consistent and effective brushing, the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.

Before purchasing a new toothbrush you need to look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. The small logo on the package indicates that the ADA has tested and approved it for safe and effective oral use.

If you are in the Watertown, Massachusetts, area and you have concerns or questions about your daily oral hygiene routine you should call 617-923-0233 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Perichole Eilers and the oral care specialists at Watertown Family Dental’s dental offices.