Solid dental hygiene is a wonderful way to protect your teeth and gums from damage. At Smile HB Dental & Orthodontics in Huntington Beach, California, Subodh Swaroop, DDS, and the team strive to help you achieve and maintain the highest levels of dental hygiene. That process begins by booking a visit online or by phone today.
What is dental hygiene and why is it so important?
The human mouth is a diverse environment filled with an ever-changing mix of bacteria. Some of that bacteria is helpful, while other forms have the potential to create harm.
Plaque is a sticky film made of a combination of saliva and bacteria. Left in place, plaque begins to infiltrate the layers of your teeth, creating decay. Your gums also suffer from plaque and bacteria and can become so inflamed they begin to pull away from the surface of your teeth.
Advanced tooth decay and gum disease allow bacteria from your mouth to enter your bloodstream. Extensive research shows links between poor oral hygiene and a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease.
How do routine dental exams help maintain dental hygiene?
Routine dental exams allow your dentist to use advanced tools to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria from your mouth. This helps preserve a healthy bacterial balance and reduces the risk of dental decay and gum disease.
Professional dental cleanings follow each dental exam and remove even hard-to-reach plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your practitioner even performs thorough flossing before the final step, a polishing that leaves your teeth shining and smooth.
If you have questions about caring for your teeth between office visits, just ask your practitioner. You’re welcome to learn more about the products best suited for your needs as well as optimal brushing and flossing techniques.
What can I do to maintain optimal dental hygiene at home?
Boosting your at-home dental hygiene routines is a great way to maintain a healthy and happy smile. It’s well worth setting aside some time each morning and evening to clean your teeth and gum tissue.
These steps put you on track for great dental hygiene:
- Brush teeth gently, morning and night, with a soft-bristled brush
- Floss teeth daily using strong floss or a handled flossing tool
- Use a high quality mouthwash to keep bacteria in check
- Schedule professional dental exams and cleanings every six months