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Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits

What your dentist in Bridgeport wants you to knoworal hygiene

Tooth decay and gum disease can affect the way your smile looks and how your teeth and gums work. You’ve probably seen people with dark spots or holes in their teeth and swollen, red gums. You don’t need to be one of them. You can do a lot to protect yourself against tooth decay and gum disease by keeping good oral hygiene habits. The good news is it shouldn’t take a lot of time out of your busy schedule.

Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT wants to help you discover how a few simple steps can keep your smile in excellent shape.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits involves removing the bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth as completely as you can, as often as you can. You want to remove the plaque because it contains millions of bad bacteria that produce poisons, which can destroy your teeth and infect your gums. You can remove plaque effectively if you:

Brush your teeth after each meal and before you go to sleep. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush because medium and hard toothbrushes can cause gum recession and tooth wear. Use toothpaste which contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association stamp of approval. This means the product has been rigorously tested and is safe for use.

Hint: You can also use an electric or sonic toothbrush, which often removes plaque better than a manual toothbrush. Many people find sonic and electric toothbrushes easier to use than a manual toothbrush.

Floss daily, using either waxed or unwaxed floss depending on your preference. Guide the floss down in between your teeth, and wrap the floss around the round part of each tooth. The wrapping action ensures you are touching the tooth surface and cleaning it effectively.

Hint: You can also use floss picks or floss holders if you have dexterity issues, arthritis, or other painful medical conditions.

Protect your smile by visiting Dr. Torena every year for a dental exam and x-rays, and the hygienist twice each year for professional cleanings. Your beautiful smile starts with good oral hygiene habits so get some help by calling Dr. Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT today!

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