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By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
April 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Cavities don't have to be unavoidable. When you make oral hygiene a priority, you'll be less likely to experience painful tooth decay. Our oral hygieneRancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. John Stockdale, shares a few hygiene tips that will help you maintain a healthy smile.

Increase your brushing time

Thorough toothbrushing takes time. In fact, if you don't devote a full two minutes to the task, you may not be removing all of the plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a colorless, sticky substance that is responsible for tooth decay. Plaque buildup doesn't just increase your cavity risk, but may also make it more likely that you'll develop gum disease. When you fail to remove plaque regularly, it gradually turns into tartar, a hard deposit that won't budge no matter how well you brush your teeth. Fortunately, tartar can be removed during your cleanings in our Rancho Cucamonga office.

Consistency is key

Do you brush your teeth in the morning and evening, at least most of the time? Missing an occasional morning or evening brushing session may not seem like a major issue, but it can raise your tooth decay risk. The longer plaque remains on the teeth, the greater your chance that you'll develop a cavity. The trouble starts when you eat sugary foods or beverages or carbohydrate-heavy foods that are converted into sugars. The combination of plaque and sugar creates acids that weaken your tooth enamel and causes cavities.

Brushing every morning and evening without fail and flossing once each day is a must if you want to enjoy excellent oral health. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush. The mineral rebuilds weakened areas of tooth enamel, preventing cavities from occurring.

Follow brushing with mouthwash

Mouthwash freshens your breath and can reduce your cavity risk if you choose the right product. Look for mouthwashes that contain "anti-cavity" or "anti-bacterial" ingredients. Those products kill bacteria in plaque and offer a little-added protection.

Protect your smile with a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups. Call our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. Stockdale, at (909) 987-0040 to schedule your appointment.




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