Why does the dental team at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City stress to each patient: brush your teeth at least twice a day? Let’s take a look.
Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing between your teeth removes debris and inhibits the build up of plaque.
If we didn’t brush and floss, the starches from food debris would mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.
Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.
If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!
The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:
- Plaque build-up irritates gums.
- Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
- Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
- The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
- Say goodbye to the tooth.
The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.
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