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Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

Ways to Improve Your Oral HealthEveryone wants a dazzling white smile. However, oral health is about more than just white teeth. If you do not take steps to keep your teeth free from plaque and tartar and to prevent periodontal disease, you can lose your teeth and even suffer other negative health effects such as contract a serious infection of the heart, brain, or lungs from oral bacteria. Fortunately, together with help from your dentist in Northridge, you can prevent oral health problems.

The first, and perhaps most important, way to prevent oral health problems is to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss at least once per day. When you brush your teeth, use a pea-sized amount of a toothpaste that contains fluoride and brush all sides of your teeth thoroughly. Flossing is equally important because it removes plaque and food particles from hard to reach places.

You also need a routine dental exam and cleaning every six months to one year, depending on the age and the general state of your health. During these cleanings, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly and check for signs of oral health problems.

A healthy diet is also important for your oral health. Calcium is essential for building strong teeth and getting sufficient vitamin C prevents scurvy, a condition that affects the gums. In addition, avoiding sugary foods will help prevent plaque buildup that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Finally, call your dentist if you are experiencing signs of dental problems, such as inflamed gums or cavities. Catching dental problems early can help prevent tooth loss.

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