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Seeing your dentist twice a year is one of the foundations of maintaining a healthy mouth. But a successful smile depends on you, as well. Through a commitment to daily brushing and flossing, you can make certain that your teeth serve you well for years to come.

Brushing is not the most difficult part of your day. However, it does take a little effort to ensure that you get the most out of it. Your toothbrush should have soft bristles which should be in good shape. You should spend about two minutes each evening and each morning brushing. Many people think that they are done brushing after a few seconds, so you may have to time yourself for a while to make sure that you are spending enough time. Brush the fronts, backs, and chewing and biting surfaces of your teeth. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, except when you clean the insides of your front teeth. Then, hold your toothbrush vertically and use short, up-and-down strokes.

When flossing, use 18 inches of dental floss. Wrap the majority of it around your middle fingers, but leave yourself about two inches of floss. Curve the floss around the tooth and floss below, and the away from the gumline. In order to keep from spreading bacteria and food debris, use a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and dispose of any used dental floss.

In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also make time to see your dentist every six months for your regular cleaning and exams. This will give your dentist a chance to remove any plaque and tartar you may have missed, and to check your mouth and teeth for potential problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

If it is time for your routine appointment, or if you have a dental issue that needs to be addressed, our dentist, Dr. Glen Lockwood will be happy to give you an exam and discuss treatment options with you. If you would like to schedule a visit at Kenai Dental Clinic in Kenai, Alaska, call 907-283-4875 today.