Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
October 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good oral hygiene is the key to preventing cavities and gum disease. Dr. Frederic Mrugala, your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL dentist, oral hygieneshares a few essential oral hygiene habits.

Daily brushing and flossing is a must

Failing to brush and floss allows plaque, a sticky, colorless film to accumulate on your teeth. If you ever noticed that your teeth felt a little rough, you've experienced plaque buildup. Plaque is a problem because it contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay. When you're exhausted at the end of the day, it's tempting to skip brushing or flossing. Unfortunately if you do, you'll not only experience additional plaque build up, but will also wake up with worse breath than usual.

Brushing twice a day is an excellent way to remove plaque before it can turn into a hard deposit called tartar. Although you can't see plaque, tartar is visible as a dark yellow or brown substance on your teeth. No matter how much you brush, you can't remove plaque yourself. It's so hard that it can only be removed with special dental instruments. Failing to remove tartar can increase your risk of painful gum disease.

In addition to brushing, it's also important to remove the plaque that forms between your teeth by flossing daily. Special flossing tools can help you reach hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

Healthy foods and beverages help protect your teeth

What you eat affects your smile. Keep your teeth strong by avoiding sugary or carb-heavy foods and choosing fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Soda contains sugars and acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities. Water and milk are the better beverage choices if you want to protect your teeth. If you do indulge in an occasional treat, stay away from gummy and sticky candies that can remain stuck on your teeth for hours.

Regular dental visits help you avoid problems

Visiting your Westmont and Hickory Hills dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. After you plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth during your cleaning, you'll receive a thorough dental examination. If you do have any cavities, it will be much easier to treat them when they are still small and haven't caused much damage.

Has it been a while since your last dental visit? Call Dr. Mrugala, your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL dentist, to schedule your next exam.