Dental infections can cause serious health complications including autoimmune and cardiovascular disease. Routine professional cleaning every three to six months is essential to maintaining your health and preventing heart disease. In addition to brushing and flossing, a dental toothpick to clean between teeth and stimulate gum circulation improves overall hygiene and helps to dislodge food particles missed by brushing and flossing. Changing your toothbrush once a month helps to prevent re-infection. Rinsing with baking soda in water twice weekly neutralizes acids from oral bacteria, reducing inflammation in the mouth.