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The proper care and cleaning of teeth is important to their long-term wellbeing. People of all ages, experience, and oral hygiene habits should remind themselves every so often of why this is important to their teeth. Without proper brushing and flossing, you can run into a lot of problems that will have a severe negative effect on your teeth.

A filmy bacteria known as plaque forms on and between your teeth when they are not regularly cleaned. The plaque bacteria feeds off of the left over sugars and foods from your meals. If plaque is not cleaned off, it eventually leads to tooth decay. Long term plaque will eventually turn acidic and wear down the tooth’s enamel, causing cavities.

Eventually, the build up from plaque and its waste will form tartar. Tartar is a solid substance and will feel like it’s actually part of the tooth’s surface. Tartar is unable to be cleaned off with a toothbrush and can severely affect your mouth by causing bone loss as well as gingival disease.

Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you. Developing the daily habits of brushing and flossing will help you to keep plaque from developing and harming your teeth. In addition to daily cleaning, you should also seek out a dental cleaning from Drs. Okugbay and Okugbay every six months.

Please contact Alvarado Family Dentistry in Alvarado, Texas, today to set up a cleaning and consultation with our dentists.