Your dental health depends on healthy teeth and gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both of them in good shape, as do regular cleanings and checkups with The Lewisville Dentist.
When you brush your teeth, be sure to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to get between the teeth. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.
If the toothbrush is not held at the proper angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria. If it isn’t cleaned out, it will turn into plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away.
Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the part of the tooth below the gumline can decay easier than the visible portion.
At The Lewisville Dentist in Lewisville TX, we encourage all our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!
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