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Preventative Dentistry

Hygiene

Cleaning

Cleaning your teeth every day at home, while important, is only part of a successful routine.

Visiting your dentist at least once a year may help ensure a healthy mouth. Your dentist will use professional tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria build-up that you are generally unable to efficiently clean yourself.

Combining regular brushing and flossing with an annual dentist’s office visit will not only give you a more confident smile, but it will also help protect you from tooth decay, tooth loss, and periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

Brushing

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about two minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don't brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque building up.

Try to make sure you brush every surface of all your teeth.

Flossing

Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.

Flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.

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