Dental Hygiene and Cleaning 101
Here at The Lowe Centre for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Vancouver BC, our primary goal is to help our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. One of the key components of achieving and maintaining a beautiful smile is proper dental hygiene and cleaning. In this article, we will discuss the importance of dental hygiene and cleaning and how it can help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
What Is Dental Hygiene?
Dental hygiene refers to the practice of keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy. It includes brushing and flossing your teeth daily, as well as visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Proper dental hygiene is essential for preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
Why Is Dental Hygiene Important?
Good dental hygiene is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing dental problems. Without proper dental hygiene, bacteria can accumulate in your mouth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, poor dental hygiene can cause bad breath, stained teeth, and other cosmetic issues.
Regular brushing and flossing can help remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, preventing the buildup of bacteria. Visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings can also help identify and address any dental problems before they become more serious.
How Often Should You Brush and Floss Your Teeth?
To maintain good dental hygiene, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing can help remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, preventing the buildup of bacteria.
When you brush your teeth, use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, making sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth and your tongue.
When you floss your teeth, use a flossing tool or string floss to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Be sure to floss gently and thoroughly, making sure to reach all areas between your teeth.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
During a dental cleaning, your dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will also polish your teeth to remove surface stains and smooth the surfaces of your teeth.
Your dental hygienist may also take X-rays of your teeth to check for any hidden dental problems, such as cavities or bone loss. They will also examine your gums for any signs of gum disease.
Why Is Regular Dental Cleaning Important?
Regular dental cleanings are important for maintaining good dental hygiene and preventing dental problems. Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can accumulate on your teeth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
During a dental cleaning, your dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, preventing the buildup of bacteria. They can also identify and address any dental problems before they become more serious.
How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?
To maintain good dental hygiene and prevent dental problems, you should visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. The frequency of your visits will depend on your individual dental needs and your dentist’s recommendations.
In general, most people should visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. However, if you have a history of dental problems, such as gum disease or cavities, you may need to visit more frequently.
Dental Hygiene and Cleaning: A Cornerstone of Dental Health
The Lowe Centre for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Vancouver BC, we believe that good dental hygiene and cleaning are essential for achieving and maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. Regular brushing and flossing, combined with regular dental cleanings and checkups, can help prevent dental problems and keep your smile looking its best.
Get in touch with us if you have any questions about dental hygiene and cleaning, we’re here to help!
Dr. Ed Lowe
The Lowe Centre for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry