Taking care of your teeth!

How To Have A Great SmileWe have been told for years and years that brushing our teeth is so important. Have you ever stopped to consider why?

The first reason brushing is important is that it removes plaque which is clear film of bacteria (yes you read that right, bacteria) that builds up on your teeth. These bacteria are actually attacking the sugar that is on your teeth and breaking it down into acids. These acids eat away at your tooth enamel and over time can cause cavities. Plaque can also cause gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease that makes your gums swollen, sore and red. Long story short on this one, brushing your teeth can solve A LOT of problems.

So now that you are convinced about brushing (twice a day, right?) Let’s move on to flossing. We see more problems caused by not flossing than we see for any other tooth care problem! Using your toothbrush to clean off plaque is great but brushing doesn’t get rid of plaque between teeth. Only flossing will make sure that plaque is not sitting right there on your gum line. Once you develop gingivitis disease from not flossing, it is a skip and a jump to periodontitis which hurts the alveolar bone that holds teeth in the jaw. It is at this stage that bone loss or tooth loss occurs.

So now you are scared about plaque, what about her ugly cousin tartar. Tartar is created when plaque is calcified by the saliva in your mouth. Tartar is a much more tricky thing to get rid of (plaque is removed with brushing and flossing, tartar requires scaling or regular cleanings at the dentists’ office).

Basically, taking the time to brush and floss each day can mean that you never have to hear the word plaque or worse yet tartar come out of your dentist’s mouth!

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