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Brushing your teeth should be done at least twice a day. If you let plaque or bacteria and acids linger on your teeth too long, you could be placing your teeth at high risk for erosion. That is why remembering your oral hygiene techniques and habits could help save your teeth in your future.

Our dentists, Dr. Shane Cope and Dr. Melinda Bodine with Highland Creek Family Dental in Lafayette, Indiana, are trained in helping others achieve positive oral health. To help you have a healthy smile, our team has provided you this information on the basics of oral hygiene:

Brush your teeth:
It is critical to brush your teeth for at least two minutes a day, twice a day. Brushing your teeth eradicates plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Plaque is important to remove because it causes cavities and leads to gum disease putting your oral health in peril.

Floss daily:
Floss your teeth at the very least once a day, every day. Flossing your teeth goes along with brushing your teeth and is essential to do because it cleans your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Dental floss goes between your teeth and deep along your gumline to eliminate the plaque that could be harming your oral health.

Visit your dentist:
Visiting your dentist every six months is essential to keeping your oral health in excellent condition. Your dentist will be able to check for cavities or gum disease, and even oral cancer and treat any health complications that may occur.

By applying these tips into your oral hygiene routine, you could help your teeth stay healthy and strong for many years. If you need to see a dentist, or if you have questions about your oral health, please call us today at 765.807.0592 and we are happy to schedule an appointment for you.