Keeping your teeth healthy starts with a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to our Clifton, NJ, dentist, Dr. Toan Bui, help you care for your smile.
Daily brushing and flossing are the most essential steps in fighting cavities
Have you noticed that your teeth feel a little rough when you first wake up? The sensation is due to the build-up of plaque overnight. Plaque, a clear, sticky film that coats your teeth with bacteria, constantly accumulates on your teeth. If you take a bite from a doughnut or cracker, the bacteria in the plaque combine with the sugars in these foods to create strong acids capable of causing cavities.
Fortunately, twice-daily brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste removes plaque on your teeth, reducing your risk of tooth decay. Brushing every surface of your teeth is essential to fighting cavities. If you don't brush for at least two minutes, you may be missing some spots.
Flossing removes plaque between teeth and should be performed at least once a day.
Mouthwash offers an extra tool in the fight against tooth decay
Mouthwash offers a little extra protection for your teeth when used in conjunction with brushing and flossing. Anti-bacterial varieties kill bacteria on your teeth and lower your cavity risk. Look for alcohol-free mouthwashes that won't dry your mouth.
Visiting the dentist twice a year helps you care for your smile
You probably won't experience pain or any other symptoms if your dental issue is fairly minor. Your dentist can spot small problems during your twice-yearly visits to the Clifton dental office and treat them before they become major issues. Cavities, gum disease, cracks in teeth, and other issues are often diagnosed at checkups.
Your visit will also include a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. If you fail to remove plaque from your teeth, it turns into tartar, a hard brown substance visible at the bottoms of teeth and between them. Tartar can irritate your teeth and cause gum disease. In addition to keeping your teeth free of tartar, regular cleanings can also improve your breath and eliminate minor surface stains on your teeth.
Protect your smile with dental checkups! Call your dentist in Clifton, NJ, Dr. Bui, at (973) 458-9899 to schedule an appointment.