Taking proper care of your teeth and gums is the most surefire way to protect yourself from the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease — and it can help you to keep your heart healthy as well.
Plaque is the main cause of unhealthy teeth and gums. It is a sticky film that coats your teeth and gums, and it is filled with acid-producing bacteria. These acids erode tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Plaque also presents a danger to the gums — if it is allowed to harden, it creates gingivitis-causing tartar, which remains on the teeth until it is removed by your dentist in Duluth.
According to our dentists in Norcross, Ga., one of the most important measures you can take to maintain healthy teeth is to do your best to remove the plaque that grows on your teeth. You can do this by:
-Brushing your teeth for a minimum of two minutes twice daily.
-Brushing using gentle, circular motions.
-Paying special attention to your back teeth, gum line and chewing surfaces while brushing.
-Flossing a minimum of once daily. Curve the floss around each side of each tooth in a C shape to maximize plaque removal.
-Using an ADA-approved mouth rinse to minimize missed plaque.
-Replacing your toothbrush every three months or whenever the bristles become worn and frayed.
Commit to Oral Health
In addition to taking the proper measures to remove the plaque on your teeth, you will need to do what you can to commit to your oral healthcare. We recommend that you start by reducing your intake of sugary foods and acidic drinks, especially soda, and eat a balanced diet.
Be sure to come in for a dental cleaning every six months and be aware of your overall dental health in between cleanings. Schedule a dental appointment whenever you notice an issue with your oral health, especially bleeding gums when you brush or floss.