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Dental Hygiene in Santa Monica, CA

Welcome to Best Natural Smile in Santa Monica’s blog! We will be keeping this updated with tips on dental hygiene, information on our practice, and ways to maintain a happy and healthy smile. Feel free to browse the cosmetic, general, and restorative services that we have to offer and feel free to give us a call at any time. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Santa Monica, CA

At Best Natural Smile, our mission is to help all of our patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile over the long-term. Our dentists and highly trained team of dental hygienists work hard to treat every patient as an individual, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique dental needs and protect their dental health in a holistic manner. No matter what your dental situation, it all starts with proper dental hygiene.
 

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

When it comes to your teeth and your smile, there's one thing that's more important than anything else for maintaining a healthy mouth: dental hygiene. Without a diligent, rigorous oral hygiene regimen, your teeth are in serious danger from bacteria, plaque, and dental decay – a road that eventually leads to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth and jawbone loss. Why? The problem starts with bacteria.

 

Plaque: The Enemy of Your Smile

Everyone has naturally-occurring bacteria in the mouth, and while some of those bacteria are "good" for your teeth, others pose a danger. When some bacteria come into contact with sugars and carbohydrates in food, they break them down into acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Left on their own, these bacteria form into plaque, a sticky biofilm that bonds to teeth and slowly produces tooth-corroding acids. Over time, the acids can break through the enamel to form a cavity, infect the gums and cause gum disease, and even rot away teeth and bones altogether.
 

Maintaining Proper Oral Hygiene

Thankfully, stopping dental decay is as easy as maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine. Oral hygiene is your defense against plaque, and it helps to clean your mouth of damaging acids and bacteria. There are a few foundational pillars of a strong oral hygiene regimen:

  • Brushing: One of the most important elements of oral hygiene, brushing is your first line of defense against damage. You should brush your teeth using fluoridated toothpaste twice a day; once after breakfast and once before bed.
  • Flossing: No oral hygiene routine is complete without flossing. You should floss once per day after brushing, taking care to thoroughly clean every tooth.
  • Diet: Food also plays a role in your dental health. To protect your teeth, you should avoid foods that are highly acidic or full of sugar, as these can damage teeth. Instead, stick with healthy foods like vegetables and low-fat cheeses.
  • Regular Teeth Cleanings & Appointments: In addition to the care you provide at home, it's important to visit our office regularly. Upon evaluation, if in good oral health, you should have your teeth cleaned at least twice per year.  If you notice anything that looks or feels like a cavity or problem such as bleeding gums, we encourage you to be proactive in contacting us. Our dentists will recommend the proper intervals for evaluations, and every patient’s situation can differ on a case by case basis.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Santa Monica Dentist

We know that choosing the right dentist can be daunting, and that trust is paramount in this relationship. We have found that 9 out of 10 patients who do not have a practice to call home are in the situation primarily because they don’t know who to choose. The first step is keeping the teeth clean – and we're happy to help you with the rest. We treat patients of all ages throughout the Santa Monica area including Marina Del Rey, and Venice, and we take a holistic, personalized approach to achieving total dental health.

If you have more questions about dental hygiene or maintaining a healthy smile, we encourage you to call us at 310-359-8444 or reach out to us via email at info@bestnaturalsmile.com. If you'd like to make an appointment for a cleaning or exam, you may do so using our easy online form. To allow you to meet us and see if we’re the right fit for you, our new patient experience gift card worth up to $300 will also go towards a comprehensive oral exam, oral cancer screening, and any necessary digital dental x-rays. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and strong!

 

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