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Healthy periodontal tissues and teeth are important to your overall oral function and the appearance of your smile. Unfortunately, gum disease and cavities are an all too frequent problem afflicting the oral health of millions of Americans each year.

To help maintain the health of your teeth and gums the American Dental Association provides a series of recommendations and informational tools.

This starts with a daily oral hygiene routine that consists of brushing your teeth twice and thoroughly flossing once each day. This simple ritual can help remove plaque, and other materials from your mouth to prevent the buildup of plaque acids and hardened tartar. Being consistent with your daily oral hygiene routine will further reduce your chances of suffering problems from poor oral hygiene.

It’s also worth noting that the quality of your oral hygiene products will also be a factor. So, it’s important to always look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo printed on the package indicates that its active ingredients have been researched and tested for safe and effective use. The ADA also maintains a comprehensive index of approved oral hygiene products on their website.

Attending a routine dental checkup twice each year with a reputable dentist like Dr. Melissa Wolfe is also critical for maintaining good oral health. This simple outpatient appointment will clean your teeth of tartar while also polishing away minor dental stains. Once this is done Dr. Melissa Wolfe will examine your mouth for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer.

If you are in the Staunton, Virginia, area and you have an oral health or hygiene concern, you should call 540.885.5050 to schedule a dental checkup at Maple Ridge Dental today!