By David A Citek DDS
March 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your family dentist in Houston wants you to knoworal hygiene

When you practice good oral hygiene habits, it’s the cornerstone of keeping your smile healthy. Dr. David Citek in Houston, TX wants to give you the details of how to establish a good oral hygiene regimen and how taking care of your smile can help you.

Excellent oral hygiene is important because you need to remove plaque regularly to save your smile. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria. If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, it produces toxins and acids which can damage your teeth and infect your gums. Bacterial plaque causes dental decay, gum disease and periodontal disease which is characterized by destruction of the bone that supports your teeth.

If you experience dental decay you may need restorative treatment such as root canal therapy, and you may even lose teeth. If you have gum or periodontal disease, you may need extensive deep cleanings or gum surgery to restore the health of your teeth and gums. Practicing excellent oral hygiene habits can go a long way toward prevention of oral and dental problems.

So, how do you establish good oral hygiene? It’s important to remember that good oral hygiene habits don’t need to take a big chunk out of your day. Just remember to:

Brush twice a day. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush; sonic and electric toothbrushes are also very helpful. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Floss your teeth at least once each day. You can use a single piece of floss or floss picks, but remember to wrap around each tooth as you floss so you reach deep in between your teeth.

Don’t forget to visit your family dentist in Houston, TX twice a year. Regular dental examinations including x-rays are the only way to be sure you are not developing dental problems. Come in for a professional dental cleaning at least every six months to make sure you are not developing gum or periodontal disease.

For more information about the importance of oral hygiene, call Dr. David Citek in Houston, TX. Protect the health of your smile by calling today!

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Houston, TX 77075
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