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Developing A Good Oral Care Routine

Are you doing everything you can to protect your smile? Regular visits to your Scottsville, KY, dentist and a good oral care routine are essential aspects of dental health.

Proper brushing techniques keep your teeth healthy

Could you be doing more harm than good when you brush your teeth? Brushing too hard may damage your tooth enamel while brushing too quickly might increase your cavity risk.

Soft toothbrushes are the safest for your smile. The brushes remove plaque but don't wear away tooth enamel or irritate your gums. Every time you brush, devote at least two minutes to the task. If you only make one pass with your toothbrush, you'll leave cavity-causing plaque behind.

When you brush in the morning and evening, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use short, gentle strokes to brush the fronts and backs of teeth.

Flossing is a must

Only 16 percent of people floss every day, according to an American Dental Association survey. If you only floss occasionally, plaque builds up between teeth, where it can soon cause tooth decay and irritate your gums.

Daily flossing removes plaque from areas that can't be reached by your toothbrush and is an important part of a good oral care routine.

Brushing your tongue offers additional protection

You may brush and floss regularly, but do you also brush your tongue? Sticky plaque coats your teeth, your tongue and the inside of your mouth. Within a few minutes after you finish brushing and flossing, your teeth become coated with plaque again if you don't also brush your tongue and your mouth.

Brushing isn't the only way to remove plaque from your tongue. A tongue scraper may be a better option if your toothbrush triggers gagging.

Dental checkups help you maintain good dental health

If you miss a few spots of plaque when you brush, they'll turn into tartar in just over a week. Tartar is a hard, brown substance that can't be eliminated by brushing or flossing. Fortunately, the substance can be removed during a cleaning at the Scottsville dental office. Cleanings also get rid of plaque and remove surface stains that may dull your smile.

Every checkup visit includes a dental examination. If you visit the dental office every six months, your dentist can detect and treat cavities and gum disease before they can cause extensive damage.

Maintain your healthy smile with good oral hygiene and dental checkups! Call your dentist in Scottsville, KY, Dr. Allen, at (270) 237-3655 to schedule your appointment.

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