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Complex dental issues usually do not start out that way. When talking about your oral health, it is important to discuss plaque build-up and how ignoring it can lead to the most detrimental dental problems.

Our team at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC is focused on providing high-quality dental work for every patient. We encourage our patients to develop a consistent routine of daily oral care to minimize plaque, the development of tartar, and worse dental diseases like periodontitis (gum disease).

Brush 2x a Day

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride to remove the bacteria that causes plaque. The best times to do it are after breakfast in the morning, and just before you go to bed at night. If you do it right, it should only take a couple of minutes, and there is no better thing you can do to advance your oral health.

Floss 1x a Day

Since brushing by itself cannot remove all the bacteria hidden in the corners and crevices of the teeth, the next best thing you can do is floss. Flossing removes the food particles and bacteria where your toothbrush just can’t reach. Including flossing in your routine along with brushing can prevent tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.

Rinse with a Mouthwash Approved by the ADA

The American Dental Association (ADA) has a seal of approval that can be found on the bottles of mouthwashes it recommends. Look for that seal and gargle with one of these for further defense against harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Professional Teeth Cleaning by a Dentist

Finally, but not any less important, you should see your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and so that he may give you a regular check-up for any other dental issues that should be given attention. Preventative care is key to catching potential issues before they develop into major problems.

If it has been over 6 months since your last professional teeth cleaning, come see Dr. Mark L. Pitel. He will be happy to help you. Please contact Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC to make an appointment at: 845-454-0790, or come by our office in Poughkeepsie, New York.