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How Willoughby Hills, Ohio area patients can prevent gum disease

Prevent Gum Disease Willoughby Hills

A healthy smile is a beautiful smile and patients who live in or around the Willoughby Hills area who want to prevent problems such as gum disease understand how important it is to maintain their oral health care at home between dental appointments. There are many ways patients can prevent gum disease, and below are just some of the methods of keeping the smile clean and free from the plaque and tartar that can increase the chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

Brushing
It is advisable to brush the teeth after every meal or snack. Food and drink can leave food particles and acids on the teeth that may negatively affect the health of the smile. When these are not removed as soon as possible, patients may begin to develop plaque, which within 24 hours that can harden into tartar and become difficult to remove.

Flossing
Flossing is a method of removing food particles from in-between the teeth. These tight spaces make the perfect area for plaque and tartar to develop. Patients are encouraged to floss after every meal, or at least once a day—preferably at bedtime.

Sealants and fluoride
In some cases, certain individuals may be at a higher risk for developing tooth decay or periodontal disease. Sealants and fluorides can be applied to the teeth to offer another layer of protection and maintain a healthy smile with regular home health care.

Regular dental visits
There’s good reason to visit Dr. Stern at least twice a year. During these regular dental visits, patients can enjoy a professional dental cleaning, x-rays, and an examination to ensure patients are maintaining their dental health at home between appointments. During these visits, patients can discuss with their dentist the ways in which they can achieve and maintain great oral health.

Dr. Stern and the team of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills provide a wide selection of cosmetic and general dentistry services and work hard to ensure patients maintain the smile of their dreams. Patients are encouraged to take good care of their smile to prevent gum disease from developing.

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