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Dentist Gives Oral Hygiene Tips for Patients to Use Everyday

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It’s important to remember that you have a lot of control over how your teeth age over time.  Effective professional dental treatment, along with diligent daily oral hygiene care is the keys to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.  If you’re interested in receiving exceptional and preventative restorative dental care, our Westfield dentists are here to help.  We’ll also help you understand and practice the best care for your teeth between professional visits.  

A great start to keeping a clean mouth is more than just brushing twice a day.  It’s important to understand that bacterial plaque builds up on your teeth, gums, and oral tissues throughout the day.  A wide range of health problems from cavities to gum disease are a result of plaque that erodes healthy dental enamel and infects oral tissues.  In order to keep your mouth healthy, you must minimize the about of plaque in your mouth as much as possible.  

How do we do this?

Routine brushing - patients should always brush at least twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening.  The use of fluoride toothpaste and the practice of brushing for at least two minutes continuously will enhance your brushing efforts.  The toothbrush itself plays an important role good oral hygiene.  Toothbrushes that are more than three months old should be thrown away because aging bristles are not effective in cleaning teeth.  Brushing midday is an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup after a meal.

Floss! - It may sound basic, but flossing is many times overlooked by patients.  The act of flossing is vital to excellent oral hygiene because it clears away plaque which is overlooked by brushing alone.  To clean plaque from between teeth, from the back of your teeth, and the gum line, you must floss!  Always floss at least once a day.  

Be kind to your teeth - Most patients are unaware that imprecise cleaning tools such as a toothpick, and any type of pointy metal object will actually damage your teeth.  If you find yourself in a situation with debris stuck between your teeth, try to use dental floss or an antibacterial rinse to clean your teeth.

Persistence and consistency with your at-home dental care will keep your smile healthy, fresh, and beautiful.  Please give our Westfield dental office a call if you have any questions about caring for your teeth!  

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