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Many different factors go into maintaining strong teeth and a healthy mouth. Taking active measures to prevent cavities and problems with gum disease will help increase your chances of preserving good oral health into your golden years.

A consistent daily routine plays an important role in removing lingering food material and plaque buildup from your mouth. Most people find it easy to remember to brush their teeth twice each day. However, even the most sophisticated toothbrush will still struggle to clear away bacterial deposits from the spaces between teeth and in the gumline.

To make sure these areas have been effectively cleaned you will need to remember to floss once each day. Many people find it helpful to floss in the evening after they are done eating for the night.

It might be a little challenging to insert the strand of dental floss if you have two or more tightly spaced teeth, or a narrow space created by existing dental work. In a situation like this you need to take great care not to force the floss into place, as snapping the strand could potentially wound the periodontal tissues at the gumline.

To safely address a problem like this, you might want to try using waxed dental floss or a special floss threader.

Once the strand has been comfortably inserted in place, you should curve the strand of dental floss and carefully clear the space. It’s also helpful to work it gently into the gumline. Bacterial deposits can become trapped in these areas which can eventually increase your chances of developing problems with gum disease.

Your routine dental checkups at Dr. Olaitan Okediji-Registe’s dentist office will further clean your teeth and serve to detect any active oral health problems. If you are having trouble with any part of your oral hygiene routine, she can provide you with key insights.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, you can always call 312-280-0034 to schedule a dental checkup at Magnificent Mile Family Dental. Our dentists, Dr. Olaitan Okediji-Registe, Dr. Keith Bram, Dr. Seyed Danesh are here to help you with your oral health care!