Good oral health is the result of the combination of a home regimen and regular professional care. Brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings will reduce the plaque that leads to the development of the tartar that will in turn lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
When you notice a “fuzzy” feeling in your mouth it may come from the film of plaque that forms over your teeth every day. You will also be able to feel anything that may become stuck between your teeth.
Your dentist will be able to identify early signs of poor oral health during a routine exam.
Treatment begins at home by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. Use a fluoride toothpaste unless your dentist prescribes some other type. Your hygienist may recommend a particular toothbrush and answer any questions about how to brush in a way that will do the most good. She can also give you some useful tips on flossing and introduce you to the many types of floss available on the market today.