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Daily Brushing and Flossing

A mom and her daughter flossing their teeth in Portland, ORMany people suffer from dental health issues such as dental cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, tooth loss, jawbone loss, among others. These oral health problems can kill your smile, not to mention the fact that they can be expensive to treat. However, most of these issues can be prevented or eliminated by proper oral hygiene—daily brushing and flossing. At Oregon Periodontics, P.C., we believe in helping you prevent or stopping dental health problems before they become serious conditions.

Benefits of Brushing Your Teeth Daily

There are several benefits of brushing your teeth regularly - daily, or even better, after every meal. Some of the top ones include:
•  It prevents dental cavities—regular brushing helps to prevent the buildup of plaque. This helps to get rid of oral bacteria that would otherwise interact with the food particles in your mouth, creating acids that erode the enamel, causing tooth decay and cavities.
•  It helps to make your teeth stay white—having stained teeth can be quite embarrassing when you are in social situations. Fortunately, you can avoid this, and enjoy attractive, bright, white teeth by brushing daily. This is because brushing helps to get rid of plaque and stain-causing substances such as coffee, wine, and others.
•  It promotes strong and healthy teeth—the enamel is susceptible to damage by acids created by the oral bacteria. These acids erode the enamel over time, which weakens the structure of the teeth. The result of this is weak teeth, which are vulnerable to cavities, cracking, fracturing, wear and tear, among other problems. Brushing daily prevents the erosion of the enamel, which guarantees that you have strong and healthy teeth.
•  It prevents gum disease—one of the main causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, which results in the infection of the gum tissue by the oral bacteria. However, you can prevent gum disease, or even control and eliminate the gum tissue infection by brushing your teeth regularly.

Benefits of Flossing

For most people, oral hygiene is as simple as brushing the teeth. However, there is more to oral care than just brushing. Flossing is another important oral care practice that can offer you several benefits such as:
•  It prevents the buildup of tartar—when plaque builds up in your mouth for a long time, it can solidify forming a substance known as tartar. Tartar, just like plaque, contains oral bacteria. Moreover, since it tends to stick below the gum line, it is one of the major causes of gingivitis—the first stage of gum disease (gum tissue infection). Flossing regularly helps to prevent the buildup of tartar, thus preventing gingivitis. Tartar also makes it hard to brush your teeth efficiently, which can lead to dental issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and staining. Flossing can, therefore, help to prevent these problems.
•  It prevents bad breath—when eating, food particles get stuck between your teeth, where they can be hard to remove even with regular brushing. If left there, these particles can interact with the oral bacteria, producing foul-smelling toxins—the cause of bad breath. Flossing regularly helps to get rid of them, thus preventing bad odor in your mouth.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to several dental health issues, but you can easily avoid them with daily brushing and flossing. If you are suffering from dental health problems, call us, Oregon Periodontics, P.C., at (503) 575-7750 to learn more about these and other oral care tips that can help you improve your dental health.
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