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An effective oral hygiene routine relies on brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as remembering to floss at least once each day. With diligence and consistency, these measures will remove food particles, and plaque before they can foster tooth decay or lead to problems with gum disease.

When brushing your teeth you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that includes mild abrasives. It’s best to rotate brush head in small circles to help you focus on cleaning one tooth at a time.

Our dentist notes that some oral product manufacturers offer specially formulated toothpaste to help address specific dental health needs.

Toothpaste formulated with potassium nitrate can sometimes help to address tooth sensitivity problems. Just keep in mind that this might also mask a more serious problem with the health of your teeth. You should always check with Dr. Milan Sata before using these kinds of toothpaste to make sure there is not a developing problem with your teeth.

Minor dental stains can drive some people to experiment with whitening toothpaste. Most brands that have been approved by the American Dental Association use a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide as the active whitening ingredient.

These products are only intended to alleviate minor dental stains and cannot effectively treat significant dental stains. Our dentist notes that excessive use could potentially prove harmful for your teeth and gums.

If you live in the Flint, Michigan, area, and you have a dental care concern, you should call 810-694-0200 to schedule a dental checkup at Milan Sata DDS.