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The integrity of your teeth and the health of your periodontal tissues can be an important factor in your overall quality of life. Cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions can cause significant discomfort, lead to tooth loss, promote medical complications, and can sometimes be expensive to treat.

To help prevent one of these oral health conditions from befalling you, the American Dental Association provides a series of recommendations and informational tools.

This starts with a daily oral hygiene routine of brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once each day. This simple ritual can help remove plaque, sugar residue, and food particles from your mouth to reduce the buildup of plaque acids and hardened tartar. Being consistent with your daily oral hygiene routine will thus significantly reduce your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.

Of course, the quality of your oral hygiene products is also a factor. That’s why it’s important to always look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo printed on the package indicates that its active ingredients have been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

To help consumer research the best products for their family, the ADA also includes an index of approved oral hygiene products on their website.

The ADA also recommends attending a routine dental checkup twice each year with a professional dentist like Dr. Abbas Nejad. This simple outpatient appointment will clean your teeth of tartar and polish away minor dental stains. Then Dr. Abbas Nejad will examine your mouth for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or oral cancer.

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 623-872-8686 to schedule a dental checkup at Abbas Nejad DDS.