Oral Health Care
Remember that bacterial plaque can form around dental restorations and contribute to the recurrence or progression of a problem. Conditions like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease can be prevented by controlling this plaque, the primary cause of these types of infections.
Plaque and tartar control through a consistent oral hygiene regimen involves brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and fluoride toothpaste such as Colgate Total® Advanced Whitening. In addition to daily floss, mouthwashes are also effective in strengthening your tooth's surfaces, so your teeth can be restored to their normal state before restorative dentistry becomes absolutely necessary.
About the author: Yolanda Eddis, RDH, BASDH, MHSc, is a clinical registered dental hygienist for the United States government. She is a member of the American Dental Education Association and Esther Wilkins Education Program, and is a Colgate Oral Health Advisor. Her research interests include community outreach projects. Eddis received her Masters of Health Science degree in a generalist concentration at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.