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You probably know that it’s important to care for your teeth every day to remove the plaque and tartar that can lead to decay and gum disease. Incidentally, even if you do everything you can at home, you should still visit your dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning. They’ll be able to remove plaque that you can’t clean on your own.

Please don’t misunderstand. Even if you visit your dentist once every six months, you will still need to take care of your smile from home. In fact, both at-home care and regular visits to your dentist are essential to maintaining sound oral health.

Of course, brushing and flossing is the most important thing you can do, even though you won’t be active at night. Even though you won’t be active while you sleep, the bacteria in your mouth will be. To avoid this type of problem, we recommend using proper brushing technique—using small circular motions, starting in different places every time you brush, and brushing for two minutes at a time. Similarly, you should floss between all of your teeth, making sure to clean near the gum line.

Other products may also be useful. For example, many mouthwashes are designed to fight off bacteria and to strengthen your teeth. Similarly, a plaque disclosing agent discolors plaque, making it easier to spot and therefore easier to remove. If you are interested in learning about these products, we recommend speaking with your dentist.

To learn more about how you can keep up good oral health, please feel free to give us a call. We are excited to hear from you.