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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. This represents the basic foundation of an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

When brushing you should try to focus on working the bristled head in a circular motion around each face of the tooth. It should take you approximately two to three minutes to fully brush both sets of teeth.

The ADA also advocates flossing at least once each day to remove stray food material and plaque buildup from between your teeth and gumline. Be sure to also focus on flossing behind your last molar as bacterial deposits can become trapped here as well.  

Once this is done you can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or perform a basic tongue cleaning.

Cleaning your tongue can be as simple as brushing it with your wet toothbrush. There are also special tongue scrapers sold in stores. This is typically a small plastic handle with a mild edge on one side. You should work from front to back making multiple overlapping sweeps. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge, you should rinse it off before making another pass over your tongue.

If you live in the Tampa, Florida, area and you have bad breath or other oral hygiene issues, you can call 813-251-5740 to speak to Dr. David Goldschein or a member of staff at Generations Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.