42254340 - mother and daughter brushing teeth togetherThe importance of preventive dental care cannot be understated. Tooth decay can be avoided with the most simple steps: brushing, flossing and regular cleanings.

Prevent plaque build up

Most people know that plaque – which is basically a combination of food particles, saliva and bacteria – is a sticky film that builds up on teeth and causes tooth decay. Plaque is easily removed with efficient brushing. Remember: the first line of defense against tooth decay is careful and methodical tooth brushing, at least twice a day.

Neglecting to remove plaque can have serious repercussions, from bad breath to gum disease. Plaque that is not removed turns into tartar, also known as calculus, which hardens on the tooth surface. Tartar can only be removed by professional cleanings. Excessive tartar below the gum line is removed in a separate procedure, known as “scaling.”

And even though brushing teeth is something most people do every day from the time they are young, if the tooth brushing is inefficient, the plaque removal will not be sufficient. Review these ten common tooth brushing mistakes to see if there are ways you can improve your oral hygiene.

Efficiently cleaning your teeth on a daily basis minimizes the likelihood that you will end up with cavities and gum disease or the need for crowns and root canals. And don’t forget to make your appointment for a regular cleaning!

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