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Practicing good oral hygiene is a skill everyone should practice. No matter if you’re an adult who’s been brushing and flossing your whole life or a child who’s just learning the fundamentals of dental health, it’s good to go over the basics of why these skills are vital to the welfare of your teeth.

Without brushing and flossing on a daily basis, you will leave behind sugars and food after eating. These sugar and food substances feed a bacteria called plaque. The plaque bacteria forms a film onto your teeth, and can be extremely dangerous to them if you do not clean them.

Firstly, the plaque can turn acidic and eat into the enamel of your teeth, causing dark pits into them. These dark pits are what we refer to as cavities.. Secondly, the plaque will turn into tartar. Tartar forms into a solid substance onto the teeth and can feel like it’s actually a part of the tooth’s surface. You will not be able to remove tartar from simply brushing at this point and it can lead to bone decay and gingival disease.

Brush and flossing your teeth everyday will help you avoid from keeping plaque and tartar build-up. In addition to daily care, you should be seeing Drs. O’Donnell and VanZanten every six months for cleaning and check-ups.

Please call ODonnell Family Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky to schedule an appointment for your cleaning with our dentists. We look forward to maintaining your smile!