What constitutes a good at-home oral hygiene regimen?
Maintaining good oral hygiene comes from more than just brushing twice a day. It is essential to understand that the soft tissues of the oral cavity are just as important as the teeth and therefore, must be cared for equally on a daily basis. To achieve optimal dental and gingival health, one must brush using the correct technique following each meal, and most importantly before bedtime. Flossing must be done at least once daily to remove any lodged food debris from between the teeth, which may irritate and infect the gums. Lifestyle modifications must also be made, for instance, patients must refrain from excessive smoking and alcohol consumption. Finally, it is important to visit the dentist for professional assessment of the oral cavity during routine checkups.
How can dentists help patients maintain good oral hygiene?
At our Herriman Dentist Office, there are a number of procedures that can help patients keep their teeth clean, and gums healthy. One of the most common procedures in this case is ultrasonic scaling, which refers to the removal of calculus (hardened plaque), food debris, and accumulated bacteria from areas around the teeth and underneath the gums, which cannot easily be cleaning using a toothbrush. Scaling prevents a number of infections, most importantly gingivitis and periodontitis. Fluoride therapies and application of fissure sealants are also performed as part of prophylactic dentistry to reduce chances of cavities development.
Visit Herriman Family Dental today to learn all about the ways in which you can maintain a healthy, sparkling smile all by yourself at home!