Prevention is always the best practice when it comes to oral health. That’s why your dentist always tells you to brush and floss, because it will help you avoid serious dental problems down the road!
Oral hygiene is just a fancy way to talk about keeping your mouth clean. Brushing for at least two minutes two times a day is a great way to keep bacteria in the mouth at bay. Floss to get rid of build up between the teeth.
Problems That Good Oral Hygiene Prevents
- Cavities (dental caries)
- Bad breath (halitosis)
Oral hygiene depends both on your efforts and on the efforts of a professional hygienist. Regardless of how well you brush and floss, there will most likely be some kind of plaque or tartar build up that will only be able to be removed with professional instruments.
Furthermore, the dental hygienist will use x-rays and other techniques to catch any problems early. This can help prevent the need for more serious procedures with Dr. Bigelow later on down the road. Regular visits for dental checkups and cleanings are especially important for the younger generations.
What Will the Hygienist Do?
- Remove hardened plaque
- Tooth polishing
- Debridement (if too much tartar has accumulated.)
These steps often involve using special instruments to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned in this manner every six months or so, most dental experts agree. It won’t just prevent problems; your teeth will look better too, especially after years of regular dental visits.
Remember that the mouth and teeth change with age. Teeth often discolor, due to what we eat and drink, and because of simple aging. The gums often change with age too. Having a dental professional monitor your teeth over time is surest way to not be surprised by the need for expensive and complicated dental procedures.
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