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Brushing and Flossing Do More Than Just Clean Teeth
Teeth cleaning with brushing and flossing does more than just polish your pearly whites. Brushing and flossing actually helps prevent a number of oral health concerns. When you take a meticulous approach to your oral hygiene, you can lower your risk for gum disease, control oral bacteria, and improve your breath. Oral hygiene alone, however, isn’t enough. You still need to visit our dentist for checkups and cleanings twice a year.
Protect and Stimulate the Gums
Brushing and flossing helps stimulate your gingiva and remove surface debris that can inflame your gums. When brushing, be sure to gently run your brush along your gums to help increase blood flow. This will help your gingiva stay healthy.
Flossing is great for preventing gum disease, too, as it removes debris between teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Regular daily flossing also helps disrupt colonies of harmful bacteria that form at the gum line.
Control Oral Bacteria
Our mouths are home to millions of oral bacteria. While some are beneficial, there’s quite a lot of disease-causing bacteria lurking throughout our mouths. When we brush and floss, we disrupt and remove some of these bacteria.
Inadequate brushing and flossing leads to the development of plaque and ultimately, tartar. These substances are dangerous to oral health because they inflame the gums and weaken teeth.
An additional benefit to practicing great oral hygiene is the fact that removing debris from leftover food and controlling bacteria improves the freshness of your breath. Having unpleasant breath can affect those around you, including your family, friends, and coworkers.
Reduce the Risk of Tooth Decay
When bacteria feed on food we eat, they colonize and release acids. This process temporarily softens our teeth and if bacteria is not controlled with adequate brushing and flossing, these bacterial acid attacks can permanently damage tooth enamel.
Tooth enamel is a mineralized coating that protects the softer interior structures of your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. If tooth enamel becomes damaged, it cannot self-repair, which increases your risks for developing cavities.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a checkup or a professional teeth cleaning with our dentist, Dr. Randy Parham, give our office a call at your earliest convenience.
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