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The importance of regular brushing and flossing cannot be stressed enough. Whether you have years of experience in cleaning your teeth or are a child who’s beginning to learn these important skills, it’s good to have a refresher of why a regimen of daily oral care is important to your oral health.

An uncleaned mouth will begin to develop a bacteria of film on your teeth known as plaque. This bacteria feeds on foods and sugars that are left over in your mouth after meals. If left unchecked, the plaque can damage your mouth. Plaque will eventually turn acidic and burn dark pits, called cavities, into your teeth’s enamel.

If it is left unchecked, plaque will turn into a substance called tartar. Tartar can feel like it’s actually a part of the surface of your teeth. Brushing and flossing will not be able to remove this substance. If your oral health gets to this state, the tartar can cause gingival disease as well as bone loss.

To avoid plaque and tartar build up on and around your teeth, you must brush and floss daily. This will help prevent the buildup of plaque and aid in the prevention of cavities. In addition to daily cleaning, you should schedule an appointment with your dentists every six months.

Please call Berryville Dental Associates in Berryville, Virginia to set up an appointment with Dr. Kaiser and Dr. Malony today. We look forward brightening your smile!