A beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth and gums, yet many people overlook great dental care, and are preoccupied only with keeping their teeth bright and white. The problem is that even a lovely smile will not stay that way for long if it is not cared for properly. Preventive dental care is crucial if you want to continue dazzling the world with your smile. Luckily, caring for your smile is not as complicated or difficult as it might seem. It just takes a little diligence, at home, and regular dental visits!
Dental Care Begins At Home
You probably already know you should be brushing your teeth twice daily, but if you’re not doing so, now is a great time to start. Brushing once in the morning and again before you go to sleep each night, helps remove food particles and bacteria from your teeth, helping to limit plaque buildup and reduce your chance of developing cavities.
But flossing is also an essential step in preventive care. That’s because flossing helps remove debris that can be left behind after brushing and get lodged between teeth. This is a problem because when it stays there, especially for an extended period of time, it’s much more likely to create visible plaque buildup which is more than unsightly; it can be dangerous for your smile.
Plaque bacteria are responsible for forming cavities and also causing gum disease, a serious condition which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America. So daily brushing and flossing are more than dentist recommended; they’re required to keep your smile looking and feeling its best between dental checkups and cleanings.