You need to practice basic dental care in order to have a good dental health. This involves brushing and flossing regularly along with regular visits to your dentist. Brushing and Flossing help control the growth of plaque and tartar that cause dental problems. Plaque is an invisible bacterial film that sticks to the surface of the teeth and cause tooth decay. If left untreated it hardens and forms tartar or calculus. Regular and proper brushing removes bacteria that promotes plaque formation and prevents tooth decay and gum problems. Brushing at least twice daily (morning and bedtime) is recommended though the ideal way is to brush after every meal. Use a toothbrush with soft and rounded bristles and brush at a 45 degree angle. It is also important to brush every surface of every tooth. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria which cannot be removed by the toothbrush. Flossing at least once a day removes the plaque between the teeth and as such prevents formation of tartar. Proper brushing and flossing goes a long way in developing fresh breath, a pleasant smile and above all a good oral health.
Authored By Dr. Shylaja S Prasad - Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Bangalore