The health of your mouth is important to the health of your entire body. Even for small children, dental health should be a daily consideration. The sugary and starchy foods in the common diet feed bacteria whose colonies are the plaque on your teeth. When they eat, the bacteria make acid that leads to dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. A proper oral hygiene routine is necessary in removing this daily buildup. It takes around 48 hours for plaque to harden, and once hardened it turns into tartar, which is much more difficult to remove. Ensuring Dental Health The easiest way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is with a thorough at-home oral hygiene routine. Taking care to brush your teeth and floss after every meal, or at least twice a day, will help prevent plaque and tarter buildup. Remember, brushing removes plaque from the surface of your teeth, but plaque in between your teeth and at your gum line can only be removed by taking time to floss. An at-home routine is important in maintaining good dental health, but alone cannot remove all of the plaque from your mouth. Visiting Aesthetic Dental Studio every six months for professional cleanings is an essential part of keeping you teeth and gums healthy and decay free. If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta, Northwest Calgary, or Airdrie and are interested in learning more about dental health, please contact the experienced dentists at Aesthetic Dental Studio to schedule a professional cleaning today.