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By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

While having regular dental exams and cleanings every six months is important, following a good oral hygiene routine at home is too. oral hygieneYour Andover, MD dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood can give you brushing and flossing tips that can help protect your teeth and gums. Harmful bacteria live in the mouth as a form of plaque that causes both cavities and gingivitis, and can lead to gum disease. In order to maintain a healthy oral regimen, regular brushing and daily flossing are needed.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on the teeth and gums. It is usually found in places where it is difficult to brush thoroughly. Acidic foods can cause this bacteria as well as sugar. Plaque can make the gums, red and prone to bleeding, leading to early signs of gum disease or gingivitis.

Getting Rid of Plaque

The best way to get rid of plaque is to brush and clean between the teeth at least twice a day. Brushing helps to remove plaque from the surface of the teeth. Flossing cleans between the teeth, and should be done at least once a day to remove plaque from between the teeth. It is also advisable that you floss before brushing.

Learn Proper Oral Hygiene From an Andover Dentist

Regular dental exams and cleanings are recommended every six months. After all, preventative dental care is the best approach to one’s oral health. At your six-month check-up you can speak to a dental hygienist to ensure your brushing and flossing routine is adequate. They will evaluate your gums and determine whether you are flossing adequately and suggest any tips for better care. Brushing and flossing is an integral part of your overall health.

To schedule a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning with your Andover dentist from Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MD today, call (978) 475-2431.