Good dental health is an essential component of good overall health. Numerous
studies have linked dental disease with other chronic diseases, including
diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Maintaining good oral health will
help you to look and feel better every day; talk to
your dentist in Lexington if you have further questions about how you can take an active role in
your dental health.
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth twice a day is the best way to keep your smile healthy
and bright. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, taking
care to reach every tooth surface when y
ou brush. You should brush your teeth f
or a full two minutes each time to completely remove all plaque, which
are the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.
Floss Once a Day
Floss at least once a day, either before or after you brush your teeth.
To floss properly, tear off a long piece of dental floss and wrap the
ends around your middle fingers, leaving one to two inches free. Pinch
the remaining floss between your forefinger and thumb, slowly working
it up between each pair of teeth. Curve the floss in a "c" shape
around each tooth, gently scraping the surface before moving on. Don't
forget to floss behind your back molars, where food and bacteria also
Visit Your General Dentist
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you still need to visit your general
dentist twice a year for a
dental checkup and cleaning
. Your dentist will look for small, often painless signs of early tooth
decay or gum disease. A professional teeth cleaning procedure removes
tartar, or hardened plaque, that brushing and flossing at home cannot remove.
Dr. John R. Pallotta, DMD offers general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry
in Lexington and beyond. You can read about achieving and maintaining
a healthy smile on our website.