A good homecare program is one of the best ways to ensure healthy teeth and gums. It consists of brushing in the morning, before going to bed, and after every meal, as well as flossing every day. Regular visits to your family dentist for checkups and cleanings are also an important aspect of maintaining optimal oral health.

Proper brushing and flossing are two ways you can make sure you are doing what you can to protect your mouth. Proper brushing consists of about 3 to 5 minutes of concentrated brushing. While a quick brush may make your mouth feel fresh, it will do very little to remove the plaque that develops during the course of the day. Thorough brushing – aimed at plaque removal – covers all areas of the teeth: inside, outside, on the biting surfaces, and along the gum line. Using a soft, round-bristled toothbrush is best, because it doesn't scrub away the enamel on your teeth or irritate your gums. Soft bristled brushes also clean more effectively below the gum line. Because bacterial colonies (plaque) reform every 12 hours, brushing at least twice a day is very important in order to prevent gum disease.

Without good oral hygiene, calculus or tartar may begin to form on your teeth. Calculus is a calcified colony of plaque bacteria which can damage your gum tissues. Once calculus has formed on the teeth only your dentist or hygienist can remove it.

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Call today and reserve your appointment with Dr. Mike Hagley, Dr. Spencer Buchert and Dr. Rachel Buchert at our Grand Rapids dental office, we practice comprehensive dentistry for families in the Hibbing, Nashwauk, Deer River, and greater Itasca County areas. We look forward to helping you achieve a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.