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The Importance of a Dental Routine

What you need to do to maintain your dental health

If you neglect your mouth, chances are good that you will develop a dental problem like decay or periodontal disease, or both. But it isn’t just your mouth that is affected. Your oral health contributes greatly to your health overall. Dr. James Maragos, your family dentist in Dental HealthLaGrange, Illinois, wants you to know the importance of a dental routine.

The goal of your dental routine should be to regularly free your mouth of plaque because plaque sticks to your teeth and contains harmful bacteria. These bacteria cause both tooth decay and bone loss associated with periodontal disease.

Your dental routine should include:

Brushing after meals and before bedtime- a manual toothbrush is a fine tool, but electric or sonic toothbrushes may clean better and may be easier to use

Flossing at least once per day- either using a piece of floss or floss threaders or other floss devices

Let’s not forget that regular visits to your dentist should be part of your dental routine. Ideally, you should visit the dentist every six months for professional dental cleanings, and yearly for an exam and x-rays. If you have periodontal disease or are prone to tooth decay, you should visit Dr. Maragos every three to four months.

Dr. Maragos wants you to know that regular care both at home and at his office will keep you in great dental shape. Be preventive to avoid dental problems. If you do develop a dental problem, don’t wait to get treatment. If you do, your small dental problem could turn into a bigger issue, potentially resulting in tooth loss!

Your dental routine and regular dental maintenance are vital to your health. If you want help with your dental routine, you owe it to yourself to call Dr. James Maragos, your family dentist in LaGrange, Illinois. He can help you maintain your dental health, so call today and get on track toward a smile-filled future!

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