Good Dental Hygiene & Cavities Explained

It’s no surprise that we all want to have the best sets of teeth possible. By practicing good dental hygiene at home, we can take active, productive roles in helping to keep our teeth strong and hinder the development of cavities. Dr. Skopp explains exactly why taking good care of your teeth and maintaining oral health on a daily basis is so very important.
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A lot happens inside of our mouths while we are asleep. Unfortunately, plaque-causing bacteria manifests themselves while we are deep in slumber. Once you awaken, it is crucial to brush your teeth at once in order to rid this harmful accumulation of bacteria from your mouth. Thoroughly brushing with a fluoride toothpaste before you eat anything also helps with lessening the number of particles that otherwise would have the potential of becoming turned into acid as a result of the foods you eat and drink. 

Patients are discouraged from brushing their teeth right after finishing meals as this is not beneficial to dental health. After eating, it is much better to refrain from brushing for at least 30 minutes after eating. Why is this so?  Brushing teeth immediately after eating takes away all of the necessary minerals in saliva that are paramount for protecting the teeth against cavities. Saliva serves as an automatic barrier that prevents harmful particles from causing damage to our teeth and it even assists in taking these detrimental molecules out of the mouth. Saliva is responsible for replenishing teeth with calcium and phosphate after the intake of foods and beverages. Drinking water and chewing sugarless gum are great ways to increase saliva production if your mouth tends to be on the drier side.

The significance of properly brushing your teeth prior to going to sleep cannot be stressed enough. This nightly routine will impede any prolonged exposure to acid in the mouth. Adhering to good dental hygiene on a daily basis along with seeing your dentist for regular checkups will direct you on your way in the right direction for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Dr. Skopp is a recognized dental professional in the community. He provides his patients with a full spectrum of top-notch services to fit their specific dental needs. Dr. Skopp is personable, and knowledgeable, and puts clients at ease by answering questions and addressing concerns. His revered practice is situated at 2040 Forest Avenue in Staten Island, NY, and may be reached at (718) 982-5230. Kindly call our accommodating staff to arrange an appointment with Dr. Skopp.

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