It's not easy to maintain consistent good oral health. That's because in the
invisible but serious battle against gum disease and tooth decay, there's
no neutral ground. You're either fighting it offensively, or your losing.
The moment after you brush and floss, those native oral bacteria are
repopulating their favorite playground, your mouth. Our approach includes
the professional cleanings that your dentist provides and an emphasis on
careful patient education so that you can continue the battle effectively
To Maintain Your Dental Health
Achieve a balanced diet. This can be achieved by eating a variety of foods
preferably from each of the five major food groups: breads, cereals and
other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; milk,
cheese and yogurt.
Limit the number of snacks that you eat. If you do snack, choose nutritious
foods, such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or a piece of fruit.
Each time that you eat foods that contain sugars or starches, brush your
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Clean between your teeth daily
with floss or interdental cleaners.
Maintain your regularly scheduled check-ups with your dentist.
Proper Daily Dental Hygiene Is Critical
The best way to remove decay-causing plaque is by brushing and cleaning
between your teeth every day. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth
surfaces. Cleaning between the teeth once a day with floss or interdental
cleaners removes plaque from between the teeth and in the areas where your
toothbrush cannot reach. It is essential in preventing gum disease.
Plaque Is Ever Present
Many of the foods you eat cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids.
Sugared foods, such as candy and cookies, and starched foods, such as bread
and crackers can all cause acids to form. Plaque produces substances that
irritate the gums, making them red, tender and bleed easily. After a while,
gums may pull away from the teeth allowing pockets to form and fill with
bacteria. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be
destroyed. The teeth may become loose or have to be removed. In fact,
gum disease is a main cause of tooth loss in adults.
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene:
Carry a travel toothbrush. This lets you brush after eating, no matter
where you are.
Rinse after eating. This keeps food from sticking to your teeth when you
Try an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can make teeth cleaning
Healthy teeth and gums