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By Geary Dentistry
January 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Be true to your teeth, or they will be false to you! 

Good oral hygiene is the key to keeping your smile healthy. Unfortunately, sometimes our lives are so busy that it's easy to unwittingly oral hygieneneglect our teeth. Dr. Terence and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary, your Brookfield, WI, dentists, share a few important oral hygiene tips.

Don't skip the basics!
Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once every day can help you avoid cavities, and just as importantly, prevent gum disease. Brushing removes surface stains and plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that's responsible for tooth decay. Once it combines with sugary or carbohydrate-laden foods, acids are created that can attack your tooth enamel. If you don't brush away plaque, it eventually becomes a hard deposit called tartar that can cause gum disease.

You might be a regular brusher, but if you don't floss daily, your teeth are still at risk of developing tooth decay. Cavities can develop between teeth just as easily as they can form on the chewing surfaces. Flossing removes plaque and food debris from those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. Daily flossing also gets rid of trapped food particles that can contribute to bad breath.

Minutes matter
When you're running late in the morning, you may only have a few seconds to run a toothbrush over your teeth. Although brushing your teeth for any length of time is helpful, you'll gain the most benefit from brushing if you devote at least two minutes to the job. Concentrate on brushing each tooth during those two minutes - back and front - and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoridated toothpastes help remineralize tooth enamel, decreasing your risk of cavities.

Make dental visits a priority
Visiting your Brookfield dentist every six months is an excellent way to maintain good oral health. During visits, you will receive an oral cancer exam and your teeth and gums will be thoroughly  examined, plus you'll receive a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Early detection is the key to avoiding painful and costly dental issues. The earlier a cavity or other problem is spotted, the simpler the treatment.

Has it been awhile since you've visited? Call Dr. Geary and Dr. Geary, your Brookfield, WI, dentists, at (262) 860-1500 to schedule your appointment.

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