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Your periodontal tissues play an important role in anchoring your teeth to the underlying oral structure. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums starts with a basic oral hygiene routine of brushing twice each day and effectively flossing at least once per day.

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Using a brand of toothpaste that includes mild abrasives and has also earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance will further help to clear away bacterial deposits from your teeth.  

Flossing is also a critical component of removing residual food matter and plaque deposits from between teeth and around the gumline before they can harden into tartar. Should plaque turn into tartar, your chances of suffering from gum disease can increase.

You also need to make a concentrated effort to floss along the gumline, where your teeth meet your gum tissues, as well as behind each of your rear molars. These areas can sometimes trap significant bacterial deposits.

Having a dentist like Dr. Ryan D. Sparks administer a dental checkup twice each year is also a critical component of preventing gum disease. This basic appointment is designed to clear away any traces of bacterial tartar while also monitoring the overall health of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures.

If you live in the Corvallis, Oregon, area, and if you have an oral hygiene concern, you should call 541-754-9322 to schedule a dental checkup at Ryan D. Sparks, DMD.