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We all know that prevention is key in many aspects of our health. Exercise and eating well will prevent issues like diabetes and heart disease. Consuming vitamin C can prevent illness. Caring for your teeth can prevent decay and infection. We all know that it is true, yet we sometimes forget to follow through. We’ve outlined the three steps to a healthier smile as well as why each step is so important to your oral health!

1) Flossing: Floss removes about 40% of the bacteria from your teeth. Brushing cannot reach the spaces between your teeth, but floss can. By removing this bacteria, you are protecting yourself from decay and gum disease that could begin in those crevices between your teeth.

2) Brushing: Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative to the removal of bacteria from your tooth surfaces. Maintain a good toothbrush and brush for at least two minutes over every surface of your teeth. Use, short, quick strokes for optimal bacteria removal.

3) Prophylaxis: Every six months, you should head into the office for a professional dental cleaning, or prophylaxis. This cleaning removes bacteria that brushing and flossing leave behind. It can get under the gums and remove bacteria that has been stubbornly hanging on to your smile. Prophylaxis is the best way to protect yourself from gum disease.

By following these three steps, you will find yourself saving money on small dental procedures that are common for patients who don’t take good care of their teeth. You’ll see fewer cavities and are less likely to need any serious dental work. Contact us today to schedule your next cleaning and exam. Let us know how you’re working to protect your smile, and we’ll let you know what we can do to help!

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