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Are You Taking Time To Brush And Floss?

We would love to see you and your family every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can help you maintain your best smile. But you also need to care for your smile in between these visits. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist offers tips for proper brushing and flossing!

The Impact of Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Over time, harmful oral bacteria will break down the particles of sugar and starch left behind by the foods and drinks we consume. This is especially true for infrequent or improper brushing and flossing allows particles to remain trapped on or between the teeth! As this happens, the teeth are coated in a sticky layer known as plaque buildup, which hardens into tartar with time. The buildup could weaken and erode the teeth, so cavities are more likely. The same layers irritate and inflame the gums to create gingivitis or even gum disease. The buildup is known for creating stained teeth and bad breath as well. Which is why you need to take action to limit buildup severity until your next dental cleaning.

Brushing Your Teeth

We should brush our teeth every day, that goes for kids and adults alike. You need to do so in the morning when you wake up, and in the evening right before bed. Each session should take about two minutes, and should include the use of a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid inadvertent enamel damage or gum recession. You can go electric or use a manual one, both are good when used properly. The toothpaste you choose matters as well. Pick one that contains fluoride, as this can strengthen the outer enamel and lower the risk of cavities. Adults and everyone over the age of three should use a pea sized amount, while kids under the age of three need a rice sized blot.

Taking Time to Floss

You also need to floss every evening before you brush for the second time. When we floss, we remove what the toothbrush alone cannot reach. Take your floss tape or string, or pick, and clean up and down each side of every tooth, and dip beneath the gum line when you do. This extracts the trapped particles and helps protect gum, health and lower the risk of cavities. If you have any questions about proper flossing, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health for years to come!

Your Katy, TX, Dentist Wants You to Enjoy Good Oral Health

Our team doesn’t want you to leave your smile at risk for tooth decay and gum disease! For more information on caring for your teeth from home, then call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 to schedule a visit.