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Whether you are an adult an adult with years of practice in taking care of your teeth or a young kid just learning the habits, it’s often good to remind yourself of the basics of dental hygiene. Cleaning your teeth habitually keeps a lot of different oral health threats at bay and sets you up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

The first thing is the daily habits. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily removes plaque from in and around your teeth. Plaque is a film of bacteria that feeds off of the food and sugar that doesn’t get cleaned from your mouth. Let untouched, it can cause a number of detrimental effects to your teeth and gums.

First, it can produce an acid that eats away at the enamel of your teeth. This is what causes the dark pits in your teeth called cavities.

Second, plaque changes if you leave it alone for too long. It can harden into tartar, a hard buildup of the bacteria and waste they put off. This can feel like the surface of your teeth, and brushing won’t remove it. If left to build up over a long period of time, it can cause gingival disease and even bone loss.

This is why we stress the importance of brushing and flossing. The daily practice may not feel like it does much, but it protects your teeth from these longer-term threats to yourself.

The other thing you need to do is come visit your dentist, Dr. R. Nab every six months. Having him check your teeth and mouth for any building health threats will help you keep your smile bright and shining all of your life.

Call Midtown Dental in Houston, Texas, today to set up an appointment with our dentist. We look forward to helping you keep your smile shining bright!