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Your oral hygiene routine is a critical component of maintaining a healthy mouth. This consists of thoroughly brushing your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. You also need to remember to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day. These measures are intended to remove food particles, and plaque. Removing plaque also reduces the chances of accumulating tartar near the gumline.

It’s also important to note that the quality of your oral care products can also influence the effectiveness of your daily routine. To help consumers find the best oral care products the American Dental Association created its Seal of Acceptance program. Since 1931, this seal has become the industry standard for identifying quality oral hygiene products that are safe as well as effective. Participation in the program is voluntary. To earn the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance a manufacturer can submit a new product for research and testing. The product or when applicable its ingredients will be thoroughly tested and researched for safety and effectiveness. If the ADA’s guidelines are met, the manufacturer will be allowed to include the Seal of Acceptance on the package.

If you live in the Odessa, Texas, area and you have an oral hygiene or oral health concern, you should call 432.337.6165 to schedule a dental checkup with Atwood Family Dental’s dentist, Dr. Greg Atwood, today!