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Your mouth undergoes a significant number of changes from childhood throughout your adult life. Preventing problems with tooth decay, periodontal disease and other oral health problems will go a long way toward preserving your overall quality of life.

A consistent oral hygiene routine forms a firm foundation for a healthy mouth. It consists of brushing your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You also need to make a conscious effort to floss at least once each day. These measures will serve to remove plaque, food particles and other bacterial deposits before they can promote tooth decay and periodontal health problems.

The quality of your oral hygiene products can also be a significant factor in the effectiveness of your hygiene routine. When shopping for oral care products you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. It represents that the product has been tested for safe and effective oral use.

Having a dental checkup administered every six months by a dentist is also an important component of maintaining a healthy mouth. It includes a professional dental cleaning and polishing treatment.

Our dentist will then conduct a thorough dental exam to monitor your mouth for early signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease. It also includes a preliminary screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. If any areas of concern, are found he will help you understand your treatment or preventive care options.

If you are in the Fort Collins, Colorado, area and you have an oral health concern, you can always call 970-484-4890 to schedule a dental checkup at Engelhardt & Associates. Our dentists, Dr. Engelhardt, Dr. Slootmaker, and Dr. Ralston, are ready to help you with your smile!