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No matter how old you get or how well you maintain your oral hygiene, we encourage you to frequently refresh your knowledge on why it’s important to brush and floss every day to preserve the health of your smile. The daily care for your teeth and gums is one of the most significant routines you should practice on an everyday basis. Without proper oral care habits, your smile can experience serious damage. Our dentists and team can help you understand the importance of daily dental care and how to improve your oral habits.

The dangerous conditions that can affect your dental health typically result from poor oral hygiene that enables the growth of an oral bacteria known as plaque, which develops as a white or yellow film on your dental surface and thrives on the foods and sugars in an unclean mouth. Developed plaque then converts to acid and begins to wear away your tooth enamel layer and create pits in the teeth, also known as cavities.

The buildup of plaque can also create a solid substance called tartar that feels as hard as the tooth itself and won’t be budged during brushing or flossing. Tartar is very dangerous for your smile because it can cause gum disease and result in bone loss.

You can keep your smile clear of plaque and prevent harmful dental conditions such as gum disease through daily brushing and flossing as well as visiting the dentist every six months for routine dental checkups and cleanings.

To learn more about improving your oral care habits in Lithonia, Georgia, call 770-872-0662 and schedule a visit with one of our caring dentists, Dr. Ron Stewart and Dr. Vonda Hester, at Stewart Family Dentistry.