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The overall health of your mouth carries significant weight in your overall quality of life. Problems with tooth decay, periodontal disease and other oral health issues can often be prevented or mitigated by consistent oral hygiene habits.

It starts by making sure to brush your teeth twice each day as well as making a mindful effort to also floss once per day. When brushing you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of a fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. It’s best to clean one tooth at a time by working the brush head in small circles. It should take you around two to three minutes to completely brush both sets of teeth.

When you floss each day, it’s important to clean between each of your teeth and along the gumline. You also need to remember to clear away bacterial deposits from behind each of your rear molars.

If you are having a hard time inserting the strand of dental floss between two tightly spaced teeth, you might want to try using waxed variety. The simple coating helps slip the strand into place without having to force it.

Maintaining a healthy mouth also requires having a dentist perform a routine dental checkup, every six months. The simple outpatient appointment includes a professional dental cleaning to remove bacterial deposits. It is then followed up with Dr. Kenneth Browning Prince examining your mouth for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.

If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 408-243-5044 to schedule a dental checkup at Prince Dental Care.