Dental hygiene is the process of maintaining proper dental care to avoid oral health problems. It is recommended that you see your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year however the dental care that you provide on your own in-house is an integral part of maintaining good oral health. A good in-house regimen supplemented by regular dentist check-ups and cleanings is the best way to prevent dental emergencies.
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste is recommended at least twice a day to remove plaque and the remnants of food and drink from our teeth and gums. Flossing once a day is an essential practice to avoid gum disease and preventing tooth decay. An oral rinse also helps promote good oral hygiene as it will reduce oral discomfort, provide moisture to oral tissues and help with bad breath. More therapeutic oral rinses can be anti-plaque, anti-cavity, anti-tarter, and anti-bacterial and are all good at preventing oral health problems. Ask your dentist what he/she recommends for you.
Practicing the above oral hygiene habits are great ways to maintain proper oral health however good habits alone will not remove all the plaque that builds up over time. This is why it is necessary to see your dentist and dental hygienist regularly to remove the plaque to lower your risk of toothaches, cavities, periodontal disease or even the loss of all your teeth. By removing plaque you reduce your chances of needing root canals, tooth extractions, dental bridges, crowns and more. Your dentist and dental hygienist will ensure that you will receive the necessary treatment to maintain good oral health of your teeth, mouth and gums and keep you smiling.