Good dental hygiene is required for good dental health to last throughout a lifetime. Babies should be introduced to good dental hygiene before they are one year old. As soon as baby teeth begin to erupt, parents should clean the teeth every day using gauze or a small brush. A baby’s first dental visit should be six months after the first tooth comes in (normally around one year).

As babies become toddlers, teaching them how to maintain a regular oral regimen to teach them how to care for their teeth properly for years to come.

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Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is recommended as well as using an antibacterial mouthwash. Besides daily cleaning, a professional cleaning every six months is needed to remove stubborn plaque buildup that even daily brushing cannot prevent. Plaque and bacteria cause tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease. It is very important to keep it from staying on the teeth for long periods of time.

Good dental health has been linked to good general health, and dentistry has evolved from just treating damaged teeth to preserving as many original teeth as possible well into the latest stages of life. The best treatment plan for tooth preservation is to prevent dental diseases before they can start.

Call Houston Dental Esthetics today to begin your journey to the best oral health possible.