Important Dental Care Tips

Every time you eat, you feed not just your body but also the bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria then create an acidic byproduct that corrodes dental enamel. Maintaining good dental hygiene and seeking regular dental care can help protect your teeth against the oral bacteria and keep them strong and healthy.

Routine dental checkups give our dentist an opportunity to evaluate your teeth and check for any signs of tooth decay or dental disease. They also allow us to clean away any plaque or tartar buildup that has accumulated since your last visit. Tartar can have serious consequences for your smile, and it can only be removed by a dental professional. Although most people can benefit from biannual checkups, your own dental checkup schedule can vary based on your health, your dental health and your own personal needs.

At-home care is equally important. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush at least twice a day or after each meal. This helps remove plaque, food debris and bacteria that could otherwise harm your teeth and gums. Finish by brushing your tongue, which also tends to accumulate bacteria and debris. Flossing should be done daily. Flossing is critical for removing the plaque, food debris and bacteria that have accumulated along the gumline or between the teeth where the toothbrush simply cannot reach.

Give us a call today to learn more about keeping your smile healthy and strong or to schedule your next checkup with our Santa Clara dentist .

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