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Dr. Na Xu
Healthy Smiles Family Dental
2601 25th St., Suite 400
Salem, OR 97302

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Did You Miss Brushing and Flossing?

girl brushing her teeth We've all done it; missed brushing and flossing; either because we totally forgot or we got into bed and were so exhausted, we couldn't make ourselves get back up and brush! What's the worst that could happen, right? It was only once or maybe twice or surely no more than three times, is that really enough to make a difference?

Well, as a matter of fact, it is. Brushing and flossing are the first defense in preventing tooth decay and maintaining oral hygiene and a healthy mouth. Here's why:

•  When you don't brush and floss regularly during the day (at least twice) you allow bacteria to build up, bacteria, in turn, allows plaque to form, plaque then becomes tartar and leads to periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. You know the plaque is there, even though it's clear and you can't really see it you can feel it on your teeth whenever you've missed brushing or flossing, can't you?

•  When you don't brush and floss, plaque keeps forming and if allowed to stay it becomes tartar. Tartar is yellow or even brown, very hard and once it is there, your dentist will have to remove it. Tarter can form in as little as a day, causing cavities, gum disease and even tooth loss if left untreated.

Ultimately, even missing one of your regular brushing and flossing times, you've allowed the cavity forming process to begin. If you miss more than one time, it is even worse! Remember 30 seconds of brushing won't do the trick; every time you brush, take your time, two minutes of it, to brush all over from the front to the back; then floss, again taking time to get between all the teeth, even those way in the back!

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