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Proper care and cleaning of your teeth is important to keep your smile healthy. Daily brushing and flossing help prevent many detrimental effects from developing that can harm your teeth. No matter your age or experience level, it’s important to remind yourself of why proper care of your teeth is vital to their health.

Regular brushing and flossing help prevent the bacteria known as plaque from spreading on your teeth. Uncleaned mouths will have leftover food and sugars. Plaque feeds off of these things and builds up as a film on teeth. When left untreated, plaque can be exceedingly damaging to your teeth.

The plaque bacteria will eventually turn acidic. After this happens, the acid will eat into the enamel of teeth causing dark pits to form. These pits are what we call “cavities”. Furthermore, plaque will eventually turn into a hardened substance known as tartar. Tartar can feel like it is actually part of the surface of the tooth and you will not be able to remove by brushing. Tartar is dangerous because it can lead to bone decay as well as gingival disease.

Proper daily brushing and flossing prevents these conditions from happening. In addition to this, you should see Dr. Milad every six months for a regular check-up and cleaning. Please call Shining Smiles LLC in Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois to schedule an appointment today! We look forward to keeping your smile healthy.