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Developing a Good Oral Care Routine

How your dentist in Jacksonville, NC, can help you and your smile

Did you know that a healthy smile can help your body stay healthy? It’s true! In fact, when you have a healthy smile, it can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. The key to a healthy smile is developing a good oral care routine. Dr. Jose I. Arauz in Jacksonville, NC, offers a wide range of dental care services to help you and your smile.

Gum disease and periodontal disease can kill your smile. The plaque clinging to your teeth contains millions of harmful bacteria that can destroy your mouth by causing gum and periodontal disease. The key to great oral health is disrupting and removing the plaque to reduce bacteria levels and prevent disease.

So, how do you develop a good oral care routine? You start by:

  • Brushing your teeth after you eat, and before you go to sleep; using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride, gently brush your teeth in a circular motion. Clean all the tooth surfaces, and gently brush along the gumline. You can also gently brush your tongue, which is a common area for bacteria to hide.
  • Flossing your teeth at least once every day; a great technique is wrapping the floss around each tooth as you go down in between your teeth. Wrapping the floss helps to keep the floss firmly against the tooth surface, for better cleaning.

Also, make sure to visit your dentist at least once during the year for a dental examination and x-rays. When you regularly visit your dentist, small dental issues stay small and easily treatable. Your dentist can also check the health of your gums, teeth, and the bone that supports your teeth.

Your dental hygienist should also perform a professional dental cleaning once every six to twelve months to keep your smile healthy. One of the most important benefits of visiting your dental hygienist is the opportunity to learn about the latest information, tools, and techniques that keep your smile healthy.

Save your smile by developing a good oral care routine. To learn more about practicing great oral care, call Dr. Jose I. Arauz in Jacksonville, NC, at (910) 577-1315. Call today!

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