Oral hygiene is the maintenance of the teeth, gums and mouth. It includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as getting professional dental cleanings. Doing these things can help prevent all sorts of dental problems from occurring and ensure that you can keep your natural teeth for the rest of your life.
Professional dental cleanings are important for your oral health. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day or floss daily, calculus can still build up in your teeth and gum pockets. When it begins to build below the gum line, it will trigger bacteria to invade the soft tissues in your mouth, leading to a host of dental problems.
Our dental hygienist is adept at eliminating calculus and cavities in your mouth, particularly in areas that are hard to reach with your toothbrush. Dental hygienists can scrape away the hard plaque and calculus deposits. In addition, they can check for changes in a patient’s bite and take X-rays to catch potential problems early on.
Once the procedure is done, your dentist will further examine your teeth, gums and mouth for possible signs of gum disease or tooth decay.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends getting dental cleanings twice a year to maintain good oral hygiene.