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The overall health of your mouth plays a very important role in your overall quality of life. Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and oral cancers can cause significant discomfort, medical complications, and might be expensive to treat.

With many oral health conditions prevention is the best initial approach. This starts with a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. To aid in this endeavor the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day.

It’s important to only use quality oral hygiene products. When shopping for toothpaste, dental floss, and antiseptic mouthwash, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal indicates that the product was tested for safe and effective oral use.

You can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria, freshen your breath and wash away any loosened food particles. Just remember that it cannot fully replace the effectiveness of dental floss.

Your regular dental checkup at Dr. Dennis Jenkins’s dental office is also a critical element of maintaining a healthy mouth. This will effectively remove dangerous calculus, and monitor your mouth for signs of cavities, and gum disease. The checkup also includes a basic cancer screening for early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This is especially important, as early detection increases treatment success.

If you are in the Sellersburg, Indiana, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 812-246-3386 to schedule a dental checkup at Designing Smiles PSC.