During National Dental Hygiene Month, your family dentists at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford remind patients that their dental health is important for overall physical well being!

Modern dentistry focuses on helping patients maintain their natural smile to ensure a good quality of life on a daily basis. Patients with poor oral health or missing teeth often have difficulty speaking normally and enjoying a varied, healthy diet, both of which can affect daily routines and overall health.

Drs. Davis at Davis Family Dental Care believe that good oral hygiene is the foundation of a healthy lifelong smile. There are two key components of good oral hygiene:

486711103Drs. Davis focus on the importance of gum health as a foundation for healthy teeth. Preventing or treating gum disease is necessary to prevent tooth damage or loss. Many patients often don’t realize they have gum disease until it has begin to affect their dental health. Bleeding gums, sensitive gums and changes in the bite or tooth position can often indicate the presence of gum disease. Preventive care visits twice a year give your dentist at Davis Family Dental Care the opportunity to spot developing gum disease and treat it conservatively before complex dental problems set in.

Daily brushing and flossing are necessary to maintain oral health between visits: Drs. Davis recommend brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid gum irritation and protect tooth enamel. Flossing once a day between all teeth to remove food particles and tartar that can build up and cause decay. Establish a daily routine to ensure your smile stays healthy and limit the incidence of tooth decay and cavities. It also helps to avoid sugary drinks and snacks!

Chewing a piece of sugar free gum or rinsing the mouth with water between meals can reduce bacteria in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay:

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