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If you have ever had problems with tooth decay or gum disease, you know how important practicing good oral hygiene is to keep a healthy smile. Bacteria thrive in the mouth, and unless the sticky layer of plaque that houses the bacteria isn’t removed daily, it will continue to grow and harden on the teeth and along the gum line.

When you eat, the foods make the bacteria in your mouth create acids. Sugars and starches are the two biggest contributors to plaque formation. Plaque is what causes tooth decay and gum disease. When this happens, cavities can form and the gums can bleed and pull away from the teeth. The pockets created in the gums can become filled with bacteria and pus, causing loose teeth and even tooth loss over time.

To remove this plaque, you need to brush and floss every day. Brushing clears plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, and flossing removes this plaque from between the teeth and along the gumline. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is small enough to reach the back areas of the mouth where the molars sit. To protect your pearly whites, use an antimicrobial toothpaste with fluoride.

To ensure a cleaner mouth, you can rinse your mouth once a day with an antimicrobial mouthwash. This will lower the bacteria and plaque in the mouth. Our dentist is can give you personalized advice on which kind of mouthwash is best for your smile, depending on your oral health needs.

If you would like more information or want to schedule your next cleaning and checkup, please call our Modern Dentistry of New England team at 860-582-4485 and speak with one of our friendly staff members. Dr. Sherif Gabr and our team in Bristol, Connecticut, are here for your oral health needs!