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Do you know how important your oral health is? Too often people let their oral health care take to the back burners because a busy life gets in the way. As a result, people suffer from serious problems that may have been avoided.

Our dentist, Dr. Steven Ross, cares about your health. That is why our team in Salinas, California, encourages you to remember your oral hygiene routine and apply it to your life each day.

When you eat, plaque and bacteria can reside on your teeth, which creates health problems when neglected. If you ignore your teeth, you could suffer from tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, persistent bad breath, and even bone loss. That is why keeping up with your oral hygiene routine is significant to your oral health.

To begin, brushing is the first step in keeping up with your oral health. When you brush your teeth always brush for two minutes a day, twice a day to make sure you are getting the most out of your brushing habit. Flossing is the next step to taking care of your oral health and should be done at least daily. Flossing is an essential step because it reaches the nooks and crannies between your teeth your toothbrush can’t reach to remove the plaque and bacteria that are lingering there.

Mouthwash can also be ideal to clear away any bacteria or residue while coating your teeth with protective ingredients that can help fight cavities and gum disease. The most important thing to remember in your oral health care is to visit your dentist every six months for a dental checkup. These check-ins are imperative because it allows your dentist to see if any serious problems are going on. Additionally, an oral cancer screening is also done with every dental visit, so you can make sure your oral health is in tip-top shape.

For more information on your oral health, please call us at 831-422-5351 to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup. Our team at Ross Family Dental is happy to help you with your smile and to keep your teeth looking healthy and beautiful.