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This Christmas season, consider giving yourself the gift of a healthy smile. Tooth decay affects 60-90% of teenagers and adults (according to the WHO) and 75% of adults have some type of gum disease (says the ADA). Your smile has one major enemy, and that is acid, as it forms into plaque and calculus on your teeth and around the gumline. This soft, sticky film contains millions of bacteria which can lead to gum disease, loose teeth, and bad breath if it is not removed every day.

At our dental practice, Dr. Alberto A. Herrero and our team recommend the following oral care for our patients in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the surrounding communities:

Brushing

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use the right size toothbrush for your mouth, and use the softest bristles you can to do the job to protect tooth enamel and gum tissue. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short up-and-down strokes to clean your teeth.

ADA Approved Products

Use ADA-approved products to ensure safety and effectiveness. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or so when your bristles become frayed. If you are prone to gum disease, it may help to use an electric toothbrush with smaller heads to remove plaque. Fluoride toothpaste can strengthen your enamel, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth can reduce tooth sensitivity. If you have children, encourage them to brush by using fun flavors to help establish a healthy cleaning routine. Children’s toothpaste comes in strawberry, bubblegum, and even anti-cavity chocolate.

Flossing

Gum disease afflicts 64.7 million Americans (reported by the CDC), and essentially, it is an infection of gum tissue, which can cause tooth loss if left untreated. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque and food particles in between the teeth and under the gumline. Whether waxed or unwaxed, flavored or plain, multifilament or monofilament, flossing reaches those areas your toothbrush just can’t.

Give yourself the give of a healthy smile and your oral health will thank you! To schedule your next checkup and cleaning, please call 734-222-9140 in Ann Arbor, Michigan today. Dr. Alberto A. Herrero and our team at Alberto A. Herrero, DDS are here to help you maintain your healthy, confident smile!