A strong foundation for your oral health starts with your daily practices at home. By maintaining a good daily oral hygiene regimen, you will substantially reduce your risk of conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease down the road.

Make sure you brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth, and brush gently for at least two minutes. Brushing too hard can damage your tooth enamel and lead to the development of other oral health issues. You should also brush your tongue to remove bacteria that accumulates and is responsible for bad breath.

While brushing is very important, you also need to floss at least once a day to remove the plaque that builds up in between your teeth. Over time, this plaque will eventually harden into tartar, which can lead to gum disease.

Unfortunately, a good daily oral hygiene regimen is not enough to ensure optimal levels of oral health. It is also important to visit Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox twice a year for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleanings. At these cleanings, Dr. Wilcox will remove any plaque and tartar which has accumulated since your last visit, and he will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. By catching any conditions before they become serious, Dr. Wilcox can eliminate the need for more extensive and costly dental procedures down the road.

Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

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