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Simple steps to taking care of your teeth.

We all know bacteria can live in your mouth in the form of plaque, and that this plaque can cause cavities and gingivitis. Did you know that this can lead to periodontal disease?

To help reduce or eliminate these gum issues, keep bacteria out of your mouth!

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Plaque in its simplest form is simply a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth.  The foods we eat have different abilities to cause plaque and the acids that are formed and accumulate.  Sugary foods and starches like bread and crackers both are responsible for plaque and acid buildup.

It is the acid buildup, as well as other substances in the plaque on the teeth that cause the problems.

These problems show up in our gums as irritants causing swelling, redness, and even bleeding. If left untreated, this will lead to gum deterioration including gums pulling away from the teeth allowing for pockets that can become infected.

If gum disease and infection is not stopped, teeth will become loose and have to be removed!

Fighting plaque!

Every child should know the best plaque fighting tools are a toothbrush and floss.  Brushing teeth twice per day removes plaque everywhere the brush can reach as long as the person doing the brushing is thorough!

A good idea is to use an antimicrobial toothpaste containing fluoride, which will help protect your teeth from decay.  It is vital to clean between the teeth once a day with floss or other means to remove plaque from between the teeth where you are unable to reach with a brush.

Best brushing practices from the ADA:

Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle against the gums while moving the brush back and forth gently in short strokes.

First brush the outer tooth surfaces then the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth last.

The tip of the brush can be used to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth with a gentle up-and-down stroke.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath!

Flossing properly:

Begin with 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers. After a bit of practice this becomes second nature.

Use a gentle rubbing motion and guide the floss between your teeth. Slide the floss to the gum, then work the space where the gum and tooth meet. Follow the line of the tooth from one to the next, going down one side of the tooth, across the gum and back up the other tooth. Then make sure to rinse to remove all material loosened from the teeth and gums.

A simple twice daily practice of cleaning your mouth, combined with regular dental checkups can go a long way to keeping your natural teeth healthy and in your mouth!

Please call Dr. Abeyta’s office at (505) 293-7611, or Contact them by email, for answers to any questions You may have.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]