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Your oral health has a direct relation to the rest of your body. Poor oral health won’t only lead to gum disease and tooth decay, but it can cause other systemic issues such as heart disease and cancer.

That’s why our team here at Open Door Family Dentistry encourage you to be proactive in establishing a consistent, thorough oral health care routine.

Be consistent

The first step to good oral health is staying consistent. You can’t skip three days of brushing, then spend 12 minutes one day brushing to make up for it. A consistent morning and nighttime routine will do wonders to improve your oral health.

Don’t forget to floss

Flossing is one of the most overlooked parts of an oral healthcare routine. Only a very small percentage of Americans floss daily, which is recommended by Dr. Don Schiess.

Flossing cleans the 35% of your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. It also removes the plaque, food, and other bacteria that gather along your gum line. If left there, those things can cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Use the right brush

A brush with soft, even bristles is a good choice, but an electric toothbrush that swirls is even better. Your teeth are cleaned better when brushed in a circular motion. Additionally, you should replace your toothbrush regularly – as soon as you notice the bristles beginning to fray.

If you need any help establishing your own oral health care plan, you can call us today at 541-773-4073 for tips.