You may have heard the old saying “You don’t have to clean your teeth. Only the ones you want to keep!” This little poem can be found in dental offices all over but all joking aside it is demonstrably a true statement. Keeping your teeth cleaned is one the best ways to ensure good health for your mouth. There is a reason we start early in teaching young children the importance of cleaning their teeth. The consequences of poor dental hygiene can be dire and cause lifelong problems. Problems starting with cavities and moving up to total tooth decay can cause a host of issues. These problems can result in the loss of teeth, a requirement for dentures and even damage to your gums. Make sure you go over the way you clean your teeth and refresh your knowledge of best practices in dental hygiene.