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Even as you get older and develop a daily oral hygiene routine, you should always take time to refresh your knowledge on the importance of daily brushing and flossing to protect your dental health. Caring for your teeth and gums on a daily basis is one of the most crucial routines you can practice because it prevents your smile from suffering serious damage. We invite you to learn more about the necessity of everyday dental care and whether your oral care habits need improvement.

Most dental health risks develop from poor oral hygiene leading to the development of plaque, an oral bacteria that appears as a white or yellow film on the surface of your teeth. Plaque spreads by feeding on the foods and sugars left behind when you don’t brush your teeth or floss, and once developed, it can convert into acid and significantly weaken your tooth enamel layer, forming pits in the teeth that are cavities.

Another danger of plaque is the creation of tartar, a solid substance as firm as the tooth itself that can’t be cleared away through tooth brushing or flossing. Tartar is one of the main causes of gum disease and can cause you to lose bone structure.

To keep your smile clear of plaque and gum disease, we urge you to practice effectively brushing and flossing your teeth every day, as well as scheduling routine dental checkups and cleanings at the dentist’s office every six months.

To further discuss your oral care habits in Dublin, California, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Leida Stine and Dr. Henry Vu at Leida P. Stine, DDS, FAGD by calling 925.828.9993 today.