By Mission Hill Dental
April 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

Good oral hygiene can help you avoid cavities and other smile issues. At Mission Hill Dental in Canyon Lake, TX, your dentists, Drs. Horacio Lucero and Fred Willard, offer checkups, dental cleanings and other dental services and treatments that protect and improve your smile.

Why at-home oral care matters

Brushing and flossing are much more important than you realize. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day, plaque buildup increases your risk of cavities. Plaque is the clear, sticky film that constantly covers your teeth. The substance makes your teeth feel a little rough in the morning and is a factor in morning breath. When bacteria in plaque mix with sugars in food, strong acids form. These acids attack tooth enamel, causing cavities.

Reducing your cavity risk is as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Although brushing is essential in reducing tooth decay, brushing alone won't protect you completely from cavities. If brushing is the extent of your oral hygiene routine, plaque will remain on the spaces between your teeth. Fortunately, plaque can easily be removed from these areas by flossing every day.

Tooth decay isn't the only issue that can affect your smile. Plaque transforms into tartar if you don't remove it promptly. Tartar is a hard, brownish substance that can irritate your gums and increase your risk of gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent plaque from ever becoming tartar.

Regular checkups help you protect your smile

Do you visit the Canyon Lake dental office every six months for checkups? If you see the dentist regularly, minor oral health issues are much less likely to become serious dental problems. Both cavities and gum disease are much easier to treat when they're minor and haven't done much damage yet.

Checkups also include dental cleanings. The cleanings keep your teeth looking their best, improve your breath, and remove plaque and tartar. Regular checkups offer important benefits for your smile no matter what your age.

Keep your smile healthy with regular visits to your dentists in Canyon Lake, TX, Drs. Lucero and Willard. Call their New Braunfels office at (830) 625-7322 to schedule an appointment.