tips for maintaining a clean and healthy mouthA great smile is the result of a clean mouth. Regular oral maintenance is a lot easier and less costly than correcting problems that have occurred due to lack of maintenance. By following some basic steps, you won’t have to see the dentist for what sometimes can be an uncomfortable visit.

Instead of heading to the dentist to get cavities filled, you can go in for a simple cleaning and go on with the rest of your day. Let us explain how cavities form and why it is important to take care of your teeth consistently.

The Importance Of Keeping Our Teeth Clean

Although it is important to brush and clean your teeth everyday, no amount of cleaning will get rid of all of the bacteria inside of your mouth completely. Our mouths are filled with bacteria, but not all of it is bad. Some of the bacteria inside of our mouth keeps us from getting dangerous infections and other unwanted medical issues. It is important to keep our mouths filled with the right type of bacteria while not letting the bad bacteria take control.

Over time, bacteria can come together and form what is called a biofilm. You might have heard of plaque before, and this is the same thing. This occurs when a collection of bacteria comes together and sticks to one joint surface. Although it’s natural, this can also be the beginning of our problem with cavities. Cleaning your teeth often can help avoid the wrong type of biofilm forming and will reduce your overall risk of getting cavities.

Anytime you bite into something you are leaving residue on your teeth. The residue that is left behind attracts more bacteria. Sometimes the food that you eat contains sugar. This sugar interacts with the bacteria and creates an acid. The acid then pulls out the minerals in our teeth. This process is how cavities form if you do not take care of your teeth on a daily basis.

If you stop eating sugary foods and brush your teeth often, then your teeth have a chance to fight against the harmful bacteria. We recommend brushing two times daily and flossing every single day. You should be brushing for two minutes to make sure that you are reaching all of the important spots. Also, it is crucial to remember that visiting a professional is of the utmost importance. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today!