No matter what your age is, oral health maintenance is vital for a healthy smile and body. Taking care of your mouth is simple. Dr. Louie, your Los Angeles dentist, and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend the following for maintaining good oral hygiene:
Remember to Brush
It is important to brush your teeth at least two times a day with fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, as well, or even sooner if the bristles are frayed. Replacing your toothbrush when it is worn is important because a worn toothbrush will not do an adequate job of cleaning your teeth and protecting it from disease.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Many people often skip flossing because they don’t understand the importance. In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, be sure to clean between your teeth daily with floss. Tooth decay-causing bacteria linger between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot always reach. By using floss at least once a day, you can help to remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth every day, your dentist in Los Angeles also emphasizes the importance of maintaining a well-balanced diet. Be sure to eat a balanced diet and limit your between-meal snacks to help protect not only your body, but your teeth as well. As always, visit Dr. Louie, your Mid Wilshire dentist, regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.