Oral health care is important, not only because it gives you a happy and healthy smile, but also because research is finding that the health of your mouth is linked to the health of your body. Dr. Mungcal, of Downtown Dental, has been working with patients in downtown Los Angeles to ensure that their oral health is optimal. Dr. Mungcal and his team have the experience, technology, and knowledge to keep your smile bright and beautiful. They provide outstanding in-office dental care, education, and tips for keeping your mouth healthy at home.
The key to good oral care is to follow the basics. Most people know that they should brush and floss their teeth daily. Although they may go through the motions of brushing, they might be doing it ineffectively or for too short of a period. Additionally, many patients skip the flossing part of the daily routine because they think it is unnecessary. If this sounds familiar, you should know that studies have shown that patients who practice good brushing and flossing every day have fewer dental problems than those who skip this necessary step.
If you are not convinced that brushing and flossing are important, consider this:
Brushing your teeth removes food particles, and the bacteria those particles carry with them. If the particles are not eliminated, they stick to the teeth and can cause decay or staining. Additionally, if the bacteria aren’t brushed away, they can grow quickly, leading to gum disease or further problems.
Flossing is just as important as brushing for the simple reason that a toothbrush cannot reach all areas of the teeth. Using floss to remove food particles from between the teeth is critical to keeping bacteria in your mouth at bay. In fact, 15 percent of a tooth’s surface is next to another tooth. This is a lot of area for bacteria to hide and harm your teeth.
Along with good at-home care, visiting your dentist every six months is critical to keeping your mouth healthy. These visits provide a professional cleaning with state of the art equipment to clean your teeth better, remove any built up tartar, and address those hard-to-reach areas. It also gives your dental team a chance to perform a saliva test to analyze the bacterial population in your mouth, ensuring that any potential for dental problems is identified and treated early.
With your oral health at stake, remember the importance of dental care. Call Downtown Dental to schedule an appointment to be on your way to a happier, healthier smile.