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Your daily routine needs to include brushing your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, as well as remembering to floss at least once each day. It’s also important to note that the quality of your oral care products can also be a factor in the overall effectiveness of your daily routine.

Some oral hygiene product manufacturers create items intended largely for cosmetic use. However, many of these products disguise their general ineffectiveness with eloquent marketing messages.

To better help consumers identify high-quality oral care products the Dental Association created their Seal of Acceptance program. Since its inception in 1931, it has become the standard for identifying the safest and most effective oral hygiene products.

To participate in the program a manufacturer submits a product to the ADA laboratories. It is then tested and researched to meet high standards for safety and effectiveness. Only approved products can print the ADA logo on their packaging.

The American Dental Association also maintains a complete index of approved oral care products on their website, to allow you to take your time researching the best products for you and your family.

Of course, a consistent oral hygiene routine is just one of several steps required for maintaining a healthy mouth. You also need to have a dental checkup administered by a dentist like Dr. Stacey Eby twice each year to clean your teeth and monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.

If you live in the Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, area and you have an oral hygiene question or concern, you can call 920-563-2928 to schedule a dental checkup at Eby Family Dental.