ORAL HYGIENE

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YOUR REGULAR ROUTINE SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Brush and Floss:

You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. This will help remove plaque, a bacteria layer biofilm, from the surfaces of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque can turn sugars from food into acids, which attack the tooth's enamel and cause tooth decay. Some bacteria can also cause gingivitis and other gum diseases.

 

Make sure you're getting the proper amount of fluoride:

Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel it is essential for children's developing teeth and helps prevent decay in both kids and adults. Even if your municipal water is fluoridated, you should always use fluoride toothpaste. If more fluoride is needed, it can be applied directly to your teeth at the dental practice

 

Limit between meal snacks:

Sugary snacks are the perfect fuel for decay causing bacteria and when eaten throughout the day, they keep the acid constantly on the attack. So give your mouth a break, and (if you allow them) limit sugary treats to mealtime.

 

Use an appropriate mouth rinse especially if you're at increased risk.

Therapeutic mouth rinses do more than temporarily mask bad smells or tastes in your mouth they can improve your overall oral hygiene. While some over the counter products offer primarily “cosmetic” benefits, therapeutic rinses contain anti-bacterial and anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients. Using a therapeutic mouth rinse has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities better than brushing and flossing alone.

 

Quit tobacco:

Whether smoked or smokeless, tobacco use greatly increases your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay (not to mention heart disease and lung cancer, but you already knew that). If you use tobacco, quit now.

 

Examine your mouth regularly:

Once you have established a regular routine, you will quickly recognize any changes in your mouth like chipped teeth, red or swollen gums, or unusual sores. If you find something of concern, let us know. Early treatment offers the best chance to remedy many problems.

A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene, you have the best chance at making this goal a reality.