The basic principles of good oral health is utilizing great home care, and a visit to your dentist two times a year.
Great home care mainly consists of brushing at least two times a day and flossing one time.
Why brush and Floss?
Brushing and flossing every day helps keep your teeth and gums healthly. Having clean teeth also makes you look and feel better. Your breath is fresher. Your smile is brighter. And your teeth feel smooth.
Many kinds of bacteria live in the mouth. They collect on the teeth, gums, and tongue. Bacteria quickly form a sticky film called plaque. Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is always forming and needs to be removed every day. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth surfaces and around the gumline. Flossing breaks up plaque between teeth and under gums.
- See your dentist regularly to have your teeth and gums cleaned and checked.
- Get into a routine. Brush and floss in the morning and before bedtime.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen teeth and fight plaque.
- Avoid snacking on sugary foods. Choose vegetables, fruits, and foods without added sugar.