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Your oral hygiene routine is very important. It helps you maintain a top-notch smile and oral health, helps you keep your natural teeth, helps your overall health, and even helps improve the appearance of your smile. If you effectively brush and floss each day, good for you! Our dentist, Dr. Shane McPherson, would like to recommend adding a few techniques to your routine to improve the success it brings.

One thing you should add to your routine is rinsing your mouth. Rinsing involves using American Dental Association-approved mouthwash and washing the mouth 30 seconds to 1 minute daily. This technique completes the smile-cleaning job, strengthens the teeth, prevents dental issues, and even freshens the breath.

The second thing you should add to your routine is using a tongue scraper. A tongue scraper is a handy tool that can remove the thin layer of film on your tongue. This can help you eliminate more bacteria from your mouth and can even free your taste buds to help you have more taste sensation.

The third thing you should add to your routine is cleaning your toothbrush. This is important because it’s best to have a clean tool to use to clean your smile. So, when you’re done brushing, thoroughly rinse the bristles under warm water and then position the brush upright in a place where it can air dry. If you have a toothbrush cover, only place it on the brush once the bristles have dried.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about oral hygiene in Shreveport, Louisiana, please reach out to D. Shane McPherson DDS, A Dental Corporation at 318-797-1873 and talk to a member of our dental team. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!