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Dentist in Orlando, FL
Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
5180 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32812
(407) 273-6620
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By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
December 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Keeping your smile clean requires a little more help than just brushing your teeth every day. Understanding the importance of a strong oral hygieneoral-care routine and regular dental examinations and cleanings can mean the difference between a healthy smile and one which requires serious dental procedures. Learn more about how to keep your smile clean with Dr. Marcia Martinez in Orlando, FL.

How should I care for my teeth at home? 
You should begin your oral care routine with brushing for at least two minutes. Brush twice daily and be sure to switch to a fresh toothbrush once your old one starts showing signs of wear. Use short, back and forth motions to clean all sides of your teeth. Remember to both brush and floss the back side of your last molar as this often-forgotten area is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. Floss at least once a day. Use a new length of floss for each quarter of your mouth to cut down on bacteria spreading from one tooth to the next.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Orlando, FL 
Seeing your dentist every six months is beneficial in more ways than one. While tooth decay grows slowly, it can do significant damage if left untreated. Regular examinations and cleanings twice a year help your dentist find problems with your smile at their very earliest stages, making treatment easier and less complex. Additionally, regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar on your teeth.

What makes a professional dental cleaning important? 
Tooth decay begins as bacteria and eventually changes to plaque, a clear, sticky substance which clings to the teeth. If not removed from the teeth by brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar. You cannot remove tartar from the teeth at home. Removing it requires a professional teeth cleaning using ultrasonic and manual scraping tools. Cleanings by a dental hygienist will give your teeth a clean slate and help them remain healthy for years to come.

For more information on regular dental examinations and cleanings or how to care for your teeth between visits, please contact Dr. Martinez in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 273-6620 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Martinez today!