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Good oral health plays an important role in your overall quality of life. When you or a member of your family struggles with cavities and gum disease problems it can cause discomfort and lead to worsening complications.

A consistent and effective oral hygiene routine is the first line of defense against oral health problems. Brushing your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste helps remove plaque and other bacterial deposits from the surfaces and contours of your teeth. You also need to make sure to thoroughly floss between each of the teeth as well as along the gumline, once per day.

Our dentist notes that the quality of the oral care products that your family uses can also impact the overall effectiveness of their daily routine. Some manufacturers use exorbitant marketing claims to disguise oral care products that are only suitable for cosmetic use.

Fortunately, the American Dental Association offers their Seal of Acceptance program to help families identify the highest quality oral care products. An oral care manufacturer can voluntarily submit a product to the ADA. If it meets their high standards the manufacturer can print the ADA’s logo on the packaging.

Having a dental checkup performed twice a year at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS will also help you maintain clean teeth and a healthy mouth.

If you live in the Palos Heights, Illinois, area and you or a member of your family has an oral hygiene concern, you should call 708-388-2500 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Nils Sandstrom.