At-Home Oral Hygiene Tips
It is important to see a dentist for necessary dental treatments and for regular examinations. However, dental problems such as the development of cavities and some forms of gum disease can be prevented by taking care of your teeth and gums at home. There are things you can do at home to take care of your teeth and to prevent oral health issues from developing.
Cavities and periodontal gum disease are caused by frequent exposure to the bacteria that cling to the teeth and gum line through plaque and tartar. While only the dentist can remove harmful tartar, plaque can be removed with proper home care to remove bacteria and reduce the formation of tartar.
It is important to brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes each time. Some people find that an electric toothbrush is helpful. Floss teeth once a day. Be sure to clean the gums, but be gentle to reduce damage. If you grind your teeth, use an appropriate mouth guard to reduce the risk of cracking the teeth and wearing down the chewing surfaces. If you have dental work, follow your dental provider's directions for proper care and cleaning.
Be sure to see your dental provider at least twice a year for regular cleanings and exams. Our dentist in North Hollywood can remove plaque and tartar from the teeth that cannot be removed through regular home care methods to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
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