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A consistent daily routine that includes brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as remembering to floss your teeth at least once each day is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you are sometimes lax with this important regimen plaque acids and hardened tartar can start to accumulate in your mouth.

Over time this could significantly increase your chances of suffering from periodontal disease and tooth decay. Even if you do remember to brush and floss consistently there are still things you can do to further augment your routine.

Sometimes a vigorous rinse with a small amount of antiseptic mouthwash can be helpful. This can help you clear away loosened food particles while also killing oral bacteria.

Just remember that while antiseptic mouthwash can reduce the bacterial population in your mouth, it is only intended to augment your brushing and flossing efforts. It cannot physically remove plaque buildup and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline.

Before purchasing a particular brand of antiseptic mouthwash you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This ensures that the active ingredients have been tested for safe and effective use.

If you live in the Ketchum, Idaho, region and you have questions about the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene regimen, you should call (208) 726-4711 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Brian Galbraith and the staff at Sun Valley Dental Group PLLC.