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Dental health is vital to your overall health and happiness. But it doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are some basic instructions for taking care of your teeth.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: When shopping for dental supplies, look for products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures that you are getting a quality product. To earn the seal, a product must pass rigorous testing for both effectiveness and safety. This seal is present on toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, even some chewing gums!

Brush: Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45* angle to your gums. Brush with gentle pressure, using short, back-and-forth strokes. These should be about tooth-wide. Brush with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Floss: Floss your teeth once every day. Use about 18 inches of ADA-approved dental floss, wind it between your index fingers, and use it to gently remove plaque and food particles from in between teeth using a sawing motion. If conventional floss is difficult for you to use, talk to Dr. Jeryl Abbott about other interdental cleaners that are approved for that purpose.

Mouthwash: After brushing and flossing, mouthwash may be a good option for some people. Cosmetic mouthwashes are able to freshen breath temporarily, but do not contribute to oral health. Choose a therapeutic mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance for a product that will help keep your mouth healthy and strong.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Last but certainly not least, be sure to visit your dentist regularly. If you are in the Midlothian, Virginia area, be sure to call Midlothian Dental Arts at 804-379-9177 to schedule your appointment today!