General Oral Hygiene

One of the most important and effective ways to keep your teeth and mouth healthy is general, everyday oral hygiene. Without constant care, your teeth are more likely to develop decay, and you are more likely to develop gum disease. In addition, visiting your dentist twice a year helps ensure that any developing problems are caught early. Ardmore, Pennsylvania area dentist Lindsey Marshall, DMD, provides general dentistry services as well as cosmetic dentistry services. The Importance of Everyday Care You've probably heard all your life that you should floss once a day and brush after every meal. But why are these simple activities so important to your oral health? Brushing your teeth helps remove food particles from rough tooth surfaces. If left on the teeth, these food particles attract bacteria, which then create plaque that can lead to tooth decay. Plaque can also build up between the gums and the tooth surface, creating pockets where more bacteria can collect. Brushing also helps stimulate the gums, keeping them healthy and preventing gingivitis or gum disease. Flossing removes particles from between the teeth where brushing alone cannot reach. The action of flossing also massages the gums and clears bacteria and plaque out of the spaces between the teeth and between the gums and the tooth surface. The Importance of Regular Professional Care Though everyday dental hygiene goes a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums healthy, regular professional care is also important. Dr. Marshall provides regular cleanings, x-rays, oral cancer screenings and fluoride treatments to help you maintain the best quality oral health. For answers to any questions you might have about general oral hygiene, please contact Dr. Lindsey Marshall's general and cosmetic dentistry offices in the Ardmore, Pennsylvania area.

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