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Why you should follow the advice of your dentist to maintain the best dental health

If you are like most people, it is very likely that you forget to do half of what you should be doing to care for your teeth. Sadly, this is why so many people lose their teeth when they grow older. If you feel like your dentist is nagging you about unnecessary dental care habits, you might want to think again.

Neglecting your dental health in any way may lead to gum disease and dental decay that will either require expensive restorations or leave you with a toothless smile later in life. Simply following your dentist's instructions in four major areas of dental care is enough to help you avoid this in most cases.

1. Brushing

You are expected to brush your teeth at least twice a day, usually in the morning when you wake up and in the evening before you go to bed. Even this is not enough, though, if it is not done correctly. You must brush for at least 2-3 minutes in gentle, circular motions, being careful not to press so hard that you bend the bristles of your brush, as this is too aggressive.

2. Flossing

Flossing properly at least once a day can help to remove any food particles and bacteria that accumulate between your teeth and cause decay and gum disease. You should use sufficient dental floss and beginning at the base of the tooth, under the gum, slide the floss up the edge of each tooth.

3. Rinsing

For many people, even these habits will not be enough, and a dentist will suggest a mouthwash to kill remaining bacteria. You may want to rinse your mouth with water after snacks and meals to get rid of food particles.

4. Visiting

The final line of defense for your teeth is your dentist. Even following a seamless oral hygiene routine at home will not keep your teeth perfectly clean. As plaque builds up, a hygienist can remove it twice a year to keep it from remaining and eating away at your teeth.

Together, you and your dentist in Wichita can follow these steps to give your teeth their best chance of staying healthy for life.
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