Dr J Riar and Associates

Hygiene

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene helps you preserve your charming smile in an effortless way. Despite this, not many people comprehend the importance and the concept of dental hygiene.
Dental hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems, most commonly, dental cavities, gingivitis, bad breath, periodontitis .

Dental hygienist helps you to promote and maintain good oral health which prevents gum disease and tooth decay making an important contribution to your overall health. They help patients develop behaviours that promote better oral health and help them understand the importance of practicing these behaviours.

Gum disease is a condition that affects the tissues that support and anchor the teeth. While many believe that gum disease only impacts adults, this preventable condition can exist at any age, most commonly seen in children as gingivitis. A milder form of gum disease, gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and warning signs may include puffy gums, or a change in color of your gums.

Periodontitis, a second type of gum disease, is more extreme and can lead to tooth loss in adults. Symptoms of periodontal disease often are subtle, and include these warning signs:

  • gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • red, swollen or tender gums
  • persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • receding gums
  • formation of deep spaces between teeth and gums
  • loose or shifting teeth
  • changes in the way teeth fit together on biting, or in the fit of partial dentures

To sustain a satisfactory level of dental hygiene, you need to embrace the following activities in your dental hygiene plan.

  1. Your teeth are truly valuable and, with the purpose of keeping them in excellent condition, you need to brush them on a regular basis at least three times a day usually after meals and at bedtime. Brush for at least two minutes everytime to clean all tooth surfaces.
  2. Flossing helps in preventing tooth decay and reduce your chances of bad breath. Flossing eliminates plaque and food remnants and is therefore a crucial part of dental hygiene. Flossing is the proven method of loosening the debris from hard to reach tooth surfaces and gum lines. Another benefit of flossing is increasing blood circulation in your gums. Our office recommends that you practice flossing at least twice a day.
  3. Rinse with a mouthwash after brushing to avoid plaque buildup, gum disease, bad breath and to prevent cavities.
  4. Take care of your tongue. Foul breath is almost constantly the consequence of an unclean tongue. To avoid this, you can wash your mouth comprehensively while cleaning the tongue
  5. Choose the right toothbrush. Nowadays there are multiple toothbrush varieties to select from. However, gentle bristles with rounded ends are recommended for children as they provide children with tender cleaning of teeth and protect their fragile gum tissues. For adults, most dentists advocate a soft-bristle toothbrush for getting rid of plaque to fight cavities and avoid gum ailment. Most dentists suggest changing your toothbrush every three months. Electric toothbrushes are very beneficial in maintaining oral health. They are available for all ages.
  6. You should visit your dentist regularly to avoid any problems in future