There are many simple things that the average Montecito area resident can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.
But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur for Santa Barbara patients when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flushing come into play. Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the lid of the toilet before you flush.
Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!
When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.
If you can avoid decay, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as Goleta dental implants and crowns.
I’m Dr. Jon King and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about a custom smile makeover in the Santa Barbara area, give us a call at 805-687-1548 and a member of our caring, family-oriented staff will answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation at your convenience.
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