Cavities don't have to be an unavoidable fact of life. Good oral hygiene is the key to reducing your risk of tooth decay. Drs. Rani Seeth, Alina Huff, Tabasam Akbar and Sheila George, your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care, explain why oral hygiene is so important.
Brushing keeps your smile bright and healthy
Brushing doesn't just keep your teeth sparkling and your breath fresh. It also removes plaque, a transparent film that collects on your teeth. Bacteria found in plaque combines with sugar in the foods you eat to produce acids. These acids attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities. If you don't remove plaque, it eventually hardens and forms a deposit called tartar that's responsible for gum disease.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a simple, inexpensive way to remove plaque and prevent painful tooth decay and gum disease. A quick swipe of the toothbrush isn't enough to rid your mouth of plaque. If you want to make sure that your mouth is plaque-free, brush for at least two minutes. Concentrate on brushing each tooth individually, and don't forget to brush the backside of teeth too.
Flossing is an important part of every oral hygiene routine
Brushing removes plaque from the surface of teeth, but what about the areas between teeth? Toothbrush bristles can't reach those spaces, but floss can. Flossing once per day removes plaque and food particles stuck between teeth. If you can't reach your back teeth with string or tape floss, buy small flossing picks that make the job easier.
Don't forget to brush your tongue
Your tongue has plenty of nooks and crannies that make it the perfect hiding place for bacteria. Unfortunately, if you brush your teeth but don't brush your tongue, the bacteria on your tongue eventually move on to your teeth. Brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth is the best way to reduce bacteria in your mouth. If you avoid brushing your tongue because you tend to gag, try using a tongue scraper instead of a toothbrush.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will help you keep your smile healthy. If it's time for your next checkup, call Drs. Seeth, Huff, Akbar and George, your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care, at (630) 739-5500 to schedule an appointment.