Dental Hygiene is also known as oral hygiene, and the most important place to practice this dental care for your health is at home every day. It is vital that children are taught the proper hygiene at the earliest age possible. This will ensure that the baby teeth are well cared for and that the permanent teeth will last a lifetime.
Preventative care must be practiced in order to avoid emergencies and proper dental hygiene will also help to prevent bad breath, something no one wants to have. And good dental health will also help to ensure good overall health.
For optimum dental hygiene, regular visits to the dentist are imperative as the dentist is able to pick up on any problems before they become serious. These visits will involve a good cleaning to remove plaque, a check on the gums to see if there is any gum disease and x-rays to study the roots of the teeth.
Dental hygienists can do the cleaning, scrape away any hardened plaque and take x-rays which the dentist will then look at. The dentist and dental hygienist will work together to provide you with excellent dental care, take precautions to protect and instruct you on proper hygiene.
The dentist will examine the teeth, mouth and gums to identify any health problems which may include cavities, gum disease, tooth decay or infections. The proper dental care can help to avoid these problems which, if untreated, can cause severe jaw pain, toothaches, loose teeth and/or headaches which can be mistaken for migraine headaches.
Proper brushing and flossing at home is essential for dental health and will cut down on plaque, also known as tartar. Removing this plaque can help avoid the loss of teeth, or the need of a root canal, something no one wants to have.
For the proper dental hygiene, you must brush and floss every day after each meal and before bed. This will prevent plaque from building up between the teeth or at the gum line. If plaque is allowed to build up, it will cause bacteria to form and this can create some very serious problems.
For maximum dental care, you must learn the proper way to brush. An electric toothbrush, when used properly, can be more effective in removing the plaque that can and will compromise your hygiene. Proper brushing will help avoid gum disease and tooth decay and flossing removes the plaque at the gum line that brushing may not get at.
Flossing is not hard to do it is just a matter of learning to do it properly and this can also help to avoid irritation to the gums that may cause bleeding. It is wise to brush with fluoride toothpaste as the fluoride makes the teeth stronger over time and this will help with your dental hygiene.
To assist with dental hygiene there are also therapeutic oral rinses with added ingredients that will help to prevent or treat oral health conditions and diseases. Some of the dental care rinses are Anti-plaque/anti-gingivitis, Anti-cavity, Anti-tarter and Antibacterial. These are available in prescription and non-prescription formulas.
Remember to always maintain a healthy diet and, as you begin to age, to have more than two checkups per year as this will promote your dental health. By the time more than two visits per year are required, the visits will have become a very good habit and any stress will be greatly reduced by familiarity.
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