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Combat Tooth Decay: Brush and Floss Daily

Humans have been locked in an ever-present struggle against the effects of bacteria since the beginning of time. It’s the presence of bacteria and their byproducts that causes the painful, costly and preventable tooth decay that most people experience in their lifetimes.

The easiest and most cost-effective way to reduce tooth decay is to brush and floss daily!

A daily regimen of brushing first thing in the morning and then flossing and brushing before bed is proven to increase dental hygeine. The bacteria that live on your teeth and gums can double in number every 60-90 minutes. Know that feeling in your mouth if you head to bed without brushing your teeth? If you skip a day of dental hygeine, you can wind up with millions of times more bacteria than you’d otherwise have. The sheer amount of bacteria byproducts will quickly wreak havoc on your teeth and gyms.

Brushing and flossing regularly will keep down the number of bacteria, and keep your mouth feeling clean and fresh!

An Electric Toothbrush is a Great Investment for Your Gums

Brushing and flossing will work to keep cavities away, but there’s another part of your mouth we like to keep an eye on: the gums.

Periodontal disease affects most people to some degree in their life. Gingivitis is one of the first signs that the gums are in distress. This appears as a reddening of the gums, and can be followed by ocassional bleeding. Later down the road, this can lead to deformation of the structure that holds the teeth in place, and eventually, to the need for teeth to be removed.

An electric toothbrush stimulates the gums in a way different than other tools. The brand is less important than instilling the daily habit to massage your gums for a couple of minutes a day. It feels great, and leaves your mouth smelling and tasting clean. You simply can’t brush with a traditional toothbrush in the way you can with an electric.

For that reason, we recommend using an electric toothbrush for two minutes, twice a day, to keep your gums fresh and healthy!

It’s Up to YOU to Keep YOUR TEETH Healthy

As dental professionals, we’re here to help you live a life with a healthy smile. However, a cleaning every 6 months can only go so far to keeping away tooth and gum decay. It’s ultimately on you, the patient, to follow the recommendations of your dental health practitioners in order to keep your teeth healthy.

When it comes to fighting decay, your best tools are the knowledge and understanding of how teeth become diseased in the first place. Teeth are a living part of the body, and when treated properly, are very resilient to the conditions inside the mouth.

For example, acidic foods can wear away at the outermost-layer of the tooth, the enamel. About 15 minutes after eating acidic foods, a thin, transparent film will form over the exposed enamel, protecting the tooth from further effects of the acid. Therefore, it is important to wait 15 minutes after eating acidic foods before brushing.

What types of foods are acidic? Here’s a starter list:

Soda
Most Dairy
Most Fruit
Crackers, Cookies and Sweets
Anything With Lots of Sugar
Grains

When in doubt, there’s a handy rule to remind you when it’s safe to brush:

Brush no sooner than 15 minutes after eating!

Breaking this rule once or twice won’t give you a cavity overnight, but having a habit of reguarly brushing your teeth after drinking your morning orange juice can, over time, lead to otherwise preventable cavities.