Your teeth are important to the way you look. They help shape your face, help you speak clearly, and allow you to chew your food.
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film made up of bacteria, food, and other matter.
Following a meal or snack, plaque releases acids that attack your tooth enamel. Over time, these attacks break down your enamel, eventually causing cavities and dulling the appearance of your teeth. Plaque acids also attack your gums and provide a space where periodontal bacteria can breed.
Brushing and flossing removes plaque. If plaque is not removed, it hardens into calculus or tartar which needs to be removed at the dental office.
We recommend brushing at least twice a day: once in the morning and once before bed (or after you’re done eating and drinking anything other than water for the day). If you want to add a third brushing time into your day, you can. Remember: Brush morning and night so your smile stays bright. How To Brush
We recommend flossing once a day. The best time is usually at night, either before bed or after you’re done eating or drinking anything other than water for the day. But if you prefer, you can floss at another time during the day that is convenient for you. Here’s a rhyme to help remember the recommendation: Brush and floss at night to keep your smile bright.How To Floss
And we recommend seeing your dentist at the interval he or she specifies to remove anything that you've missed.
With the proper care, your teeth should last a lifetime!
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist with an office at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH 44053. She is taking new patients! Call 440-960-1940.