Routine care both at home and in our office is crucial for keeping issues like tooth decay and gum disease at bay. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist would like to explain how daily brushing and flossing helps protect your teeth and gums, and keeps them healthy. We’re also going to look at why you need a professional cleaning every six months!
The Dangers of Plaque and Tartar
Over time, any food trapped between our teeth is broken down by oral bacteria. As a result, this increases oral acidity and begins to coat the teeth in a bacterial byproduct, a sticky layer known as plaque buildup. Brushing and flossing cannot remove plaque, and over time these layers harden into tartar. Unless removed, the buildup erodes outer enamel to expose inner dentin and case cavities. The layers also inflame gum tissue, increasing the risk of serious issues like gingivitis and gum disease.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing help prevent serious buildup until we can remove the layers with a professional cleaning. You should brush your teeth when you wake up and once more before going to bed. Each session should take about two minutes, and we suggest using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. We suggest using a toothbrush, whether manual or electric, with soft bristles, as this prevents inadvertent damage to your enamel and gums if you clean your teeth too rough. Along with brushing, you need to floss every night before bed, moving the floss up and down each side of every tooth, mixing below the gum line when you do to dislodge any trapped particles. Kids and adult alike need to care for their teeth each day.
Cleaning Your Teeth
Every six months, you should see us for a cleaning. We will use a manual tool and an ultrasonic scaling device to remove any and all buildup from the teeth. We then polish the teeth thoroughly. The process helps lower the risks of issues like tooth decay and gum disese, while also fighting bad breath and teeth stains. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, then we may suggest a visit every three to four months. If you have any questions about caring for your smile at home, or about when you see us for a checkup and cleaning, then contract our team today. We want to help you enjoy your healthiest and brightest smile!
Do You Have Questions About Homecare?
Our team wants to offer quality preventive care and dental education for our patients. To learn more about keeping your teeth and gums healthy, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.