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By Golden Dental
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Care

Your oral hygiene habits directly influence the health of your teeth and oral tissues. Though many people believe that good oral hygieneOral Hygiene Habits simply means brushing your teeth, there is more to it than just that. Find out more about a good oral hygiene routine and forming good habits for your dental health with Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA.

Understanding Tooth Decay
Tooth decay begins as bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria attach to the teeth, forming a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing. However, if allowed to remain on the teeth, plaque hardens into tartar, a substance only a professional dental cleaning can remove. At this point, the decay begins eating through the layers of the tooth, first the enamel, then dentin, then down into the tooth’s pulp chamber which houses the nerve. Once the decay reaches the tooth’s nerve, it causes a toothache and requires a root canal.

Forming Good Habits
Your at-home oral care routine and habits are crucial to whether or not you keep tooth decay at bay. Patients should brush at least twice a day and floss between each tooth at least once. While these tasks are an important part of your oral care routine, they are not all of it. Patients of all ages and risk levels should see their dentist at least once every six months for a regular examination and cleaning.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Lancaster, CA
These routine visits help your dentist find and treat issues like decay and gum disease early using less invasive and complex treatments than if they were left untreated for a significant amount of time. Additionally, regular cleanings help give your teeth a clean slate by removing all the plaque and tartar from their surfaces.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Markarian today!

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