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As you eat, drink and even talk, bacteria form and grow in your mouth without you ever seeing it. Food particles and other bacteria generate a sticky substance called plaque that sticks to your teeth. Over time, this plaque will eat away at your teeth a little at a time. To help you understand more, Dr. Sherif Gabr is happy to explain the importance of brushing your teeth.

Each tooth in your mouth is made up of tooth enamel, which plaque feeds on until it hardens into tartar, which only a dentist or hygienist can remove. Tartar is dangerous because it forms cavities and can lead to gum disease. If left unchecked, plaque can destroy your teeth and gums leading to tooth loss, gum disease and even loss of bone in your jaw. Without healthy gums, many smile restorations can be difficult to do.

Brushing your teeth can protect your teeth from the serious threat of plaque and other bacteria that remain in your smile. By brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, you can keep your teeth safe and ward off gum disease. It is also ideal to note to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, which is recommended by the American Dental Association. This is because bacteria develop on your toothbrush and as the bristles become worn down, they won’t clean your teeth as well causing more harm than good.

Having your teeth checked every six months is also ideal to make sure your oral health is in top-top shape. If you know it’s time to come in for a professional cleaning in Bristol, Connecticut, call Modern Dentistry of New England today at 860-582-4485 to make an appointment.