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Enhance Your Oral Health

March is Oral Health Month so we’re going to get down to the basics of why maintaining optimal oral health is so important for everyone! Keeping up with good oral health goes beyond just having a bright smile. It’s essential for your overall well-being. Maestri Family Dentistry, your Lafayette Family Dental home, likes to emphasize the importance of proper dental care as part of your daily routine. Adults need to encourage good oral health habits in their children starting at a young age. Not only are these habits critical, but understanding that “other behaviors can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually, tooth loss. An unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol use, and tobacco use are all associated with dental health problems”. Here are some simple yet effective tips to improve your oral health.

Link to Overall Health:

Oral health is closely linked to your body’s overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to various health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems. By prioritizing oral health, you’re also safeguarding your overall well-being.

Brushing Twice a Day:

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is at the core of good oral hygiene. It helps remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum disease if not washed away. Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush for at least two minutes each time. Lafayette Dentist recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damage to your gums and enamel. Remember to not press too hard or you can irritate your gums and lead to discomfort and brush your tongue! When brushing, “place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gums. This helps sweep away plaque and bacteria at the gum line. Be sure to brush all teeth surfaces, including the backs and sides.”

Flossing and Its Importance:

Flossing is often overlooked but it is crucial for maintaining healthy gums and preventing tooth decay. It helps remove food particles and plaque from areas between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Make it a habit to floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime. For tips on flossing, read more here

Toothpaste with Fluoride:

Using toothpaste with fluoride is essential for strengthening tooth enamel and preventing cavities. “When bacteria in your mouth break down sugar and carbs, they produce acids that eat away at the minerals in your tooth enamel. This loss of minerals is called demineralization. Weakened tooth enamel leaves your teeth vulnerable to bacteria that cause cavities.” Fluoride helps re-mineralize enamel, making it more resistant to the threat of decay. When choosing toothpaste, look for one that contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. 


Maintaining good oral health is crucial for your family’s overall well-being. By following these simple tips from Maestri Family Dentistry, you can enhance your oral hygiene routine and prevent dental problems. Remember to brush and floss regularly, use fluoride toothpaste, and visit your Lafayette Dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Investing in your oral health today will benefit you for years to come. Be sure to make an appointment today!



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