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Hardened tartar that buildups up near the periodontal tissues greatly contributes to your chances of suffering from gum disease. To help prevent this serious oral health problem from developing the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss at least once.

An effective brushing technique calls for working the brush head in small circles around all the surfaces of your teeth. This typically takes between two to three minutes to fully clean both sets of teeth. When brushing, make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste that has earned the approval of the American Dental Association.

When it comes time for you to floss, it’s best to gently insert the strand of dental floss between two teeth. You should then curve it into a C shape. Make sure to remove plaque and any residual food deposits from the edges of both teeth, as well as the gumline. It’s also important to floss behind each of your back molars.

If you live in the Lindon, Utah, area and you have oral hygiene or gum disease concerns, you should call 801.653.0099 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Scott Healey and our staff at Scott M. Healey Dentistry’s dental office.