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There are many factors to consider when it comes to maintaining good oral health. Some factors include the quality of the oral hygiene products you use, your diligence in your daily oral hygiene routine, and regular attendance to your routine dental checkups.

When shopping for oral hygiene products, you should only consider those that have earned American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal proves that the products have been tested for safety and effectiveness.

Your daily oral hygiene routine is founded on brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. When you are brushing your teeth, the ADA recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. Using fluoride toothpaste will also fortify the strength of your tooth enamel.

You should floss between your teeth and along the gumline immediately after you have finished brushing. Waxed dental floss can help you easily work the floss into hard-to-reach places. The waxy coating helps work the floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.

Your dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Sylvan Stern, includes a cleaning treatment that removes hardened tartar. The appointment also includes an examination, which gives your dentist the opportunity to monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine in Southfield, Michigan, or if you need to schedule your next dental checkup, you should call Sylvan S. Stern, DDS at 248-559-0995.