By Omni Dental Group
July 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Keeping your teeth healthy starts with a consistent oral hygiene routine. Bowie, MD, dentists Dr. Siamak Aalemansour, Dr. Fariborz Baik, oral hygieneand Dr. Sherwin Esfandiari care for your family's smiles with regular examinations, cleanings, and treatments.

Why oral hygiene is so important

Cavity-causing plaque constantly builds up on your teeth, coating them with a sticky bacterial film. Fortunately, it's easy to remove plaque simply by brushing and flossing. When you're in a hurry or tired, you may not spend enough time brushing your teeth. Although a quick pass of the brush over your teeth may make your mouth feel fresher, it may not get rid of all of the plaque in your mouth.

Experts recommend brushing for at least two minutes to ensure that you remove as much plaque as possible. If you don't, cavities aren't the only dental issues that can occur. Plaque eventually becomes tartar, a hard deposit that's a factor in gum disease.

Following these tips will help you lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease:

  • Don't neglect flossingAlthough most people brush twice a day, only 16 percent reported flossing daily in a recent Waterpik survey. Fifty-five percent of people who didn't floss regularly said it was too time-consuming. Although flossing does take a little time, it only adds a minute or two to your daily oral hygiene routine, yet offers important benefits for your oral health.
  • Use fluoridated oral care products. Fluoride strengthens weak tooth enamel, protecting your from cavities. Toothpastes that contain fluoride feature the American Dental Association (ADA) seal. Some mouthwashes also include fluoride and ingredients that kill bacteria.
  • Buy the best tools for your teeth. Choose brushes with soft bristles and make sure the toothbrush head fits comfortably in your mouth. Experiment with floss types until you find one that fits easily between your teeth. If you're a reluctant flosser, you may prefer using a power flosser instead.
  • Make time for dental checkups. Twice-yearly visits to your Bowie dentist are the key to good oral health. In addition to an examination, visits will also include thorough dental cleanings that remove plaque and tartar.

Protect your smile with daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist. Call Bowie, MD, dentists Drs. Siamak Aalemansour, Fariborz Baik and Sherwin Esfandiari at (301) 809-0029 to schedule your appointment.

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Omni Dental Group
4321 Collington Road Suite 210
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 809-0029

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