In a recent study by Gallup-Well Being, research showed that nearly one out of three Americans did not visit the dentist last year. In similar studies from 2008 and 2012, research reports that the numbers have remained the same. To maintain proper oral and dental health it is important for people to visit the dentist at least once a year. However, this continually seems to not be the case for one in three Americans.

Many medical studies indicate that poor oral health leads to poor overall general health. Most people don’t realize that maintaining their oral health is important for many reasons. To maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime, there are important steps that need to taken daily with home care. If you are one of the many Americans who haven’t gone to the dentist in the past year, call the office of Dr. Juban to schedule a dental cleaning and checkup. Whether you go to the dentist or not, good oral home care is important.

First and foremost, choose toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association and one that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Toothpaste does more than clean teeth, some toothpaste can help reduce plaque, reduce tartar build-up and gingivitis. Toothpaste can help with tooth whitening and can help fight tooth sensitivity. You are more likely to brush your teeth if you pick toothpaste that tastes good and leaves a good feeling after you brush.

It is important brush at least twice a day. It is recommended that you use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush lightly. Brushing too hard can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Regular, light brushing will remove plaque from your teeth. Unfortunately plaque that isn’t removed turns into to tartar. Tartar will not come off with brushing; you must see a dental professional to have tartar removed from your teeth. Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every three to four months.

Flossing daily is another important step to proper oral care. It is critical to floss for the health of your gums and it is never too late to start. The ADA recommends flossing at least once a day to remove food and debris stuck between your teeth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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