What Is Dental Hygiene?

Dental hygiene is basically the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean, healthy and it is often seen as the most effective way of avoiding common oral problems such as:

  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis and other complex dental problems.

Dental hygiene has also helped many patients to prevent and address the issue of halitosis also known as foul breath.

To keep one‘s teeth and mouth in a healthy condition, one has to adopt good oral hygiene habits. Cavities are less common in healthy teeth and have no plaque buildup. A sign of healthy gums is their pink color and firmness.

Signs Of Poor Dental Hygiene?

Some of the common signs of poor oral hygiene are as follows:

  • Bad breath issues also known as halitosis
  • Swollen and inflamed gums
  • Stained teeth
  • Bleeding gums during brushing, flossing or eating
  • Noticeable buildup of tartar and plaque on teeth surface
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that seem to be slowly receding
  • Cavities and tooth decay
  • Mouth infections

Causes Of Poor Dental Hygiene?

There are many everyday habits that can contribute to poor oral hygiene and may even lead to serious dental issues. There are a number of factors behind poor dental hygiene such as:

  • Habit of eating sugary or starchy foods
  • Smoking
  • Poor brushing habit or no flossing
  • Certain medications that may cause dry mouth
  • Hormonal changes or imbalances in women
  • Acidity or heartburn

Importance Of Visiting A Dental Hygienist?

Regular dental cleanup by a dental hygienist is crucial to remove buildup of plaque that might develop despite thorough brushing and flossing.

Dental hygienists make use of sophisticated techniques, tools, and their professional expertise to perform oral hygiene procedures that are otherwise impossible to perform on your own. These specialists will also check your mouth and teeth.

Best Dental Hygiene Services & Treatments?

Fluoride Varnish Treatment

Fluoride is also applied to your teeth to remineralize teeth, making them more acid-resistant. In this treatment, A thin coating of a liquid containing a high concentration of fluoride is applied directly to your teeth where it solidifies and releases fluoride into the enamel.

Fluoride varnish treatment is ideal for you if you are:

  • Suffering from sensitive teeth
  • Experiencing chronic tooth decay
  • Having a thin tooth enamel or enamel erosion due to constant teeth grinding

Treatment For Tartar Teeth

If the dentist detects tartar on the surface of your teeth, he or she will use a scaler to remove it.

A scaler is a tool with a hook on one end that is used to scrape tartar from above and below the gumline. If there is too much tartar on a certain tooth, the dentist may take longer to clean it.

Use of Ultrasonic Device: When a dentist makes use of an ultrasonic device to remove tartar from your teeth, the metal vibrating tip loosens the layer of tartar and facilitates in removing tartar from the teeth’s surface. The tartar is then washed away with a water spray.

Teeth Scaling And Polishing

Scaling: The primary goal of a scale and polish is to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. The area above the gum line is the target of periodic scaling. Scaling will eliminate plaque and residue from your teeth’s surface. If you just have minor gum disease, this is the treatment for you.

Root Surface Debridement: This involves deeper cleaning, which concentrates cleaning below the gum line, in the space between your gums and the bone as well as your tooth. If you have periodontitis or serious gum disease, this is a good treatment for you.

Polishing: Scaling and polishing restore the natural color of your teeth and remove the buildup of plaque and tartar, as well as allow your dental hygienist to check gum diseases and cavities.

After the scaling and deep cleaning process has been completed, polishing is done to get rid of undesirable stains and make your teeth smooth and shiny. This is done with a soft, rotating rubber cup filled with Prophylaxis paste (almost like toothpaste).


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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Cavity?

Cavities occur when dental diseases are not checked and treated, when the enamel begins to wear away, damaging the enamel surface. Tooth decay usually arises when teeth are exposed to sugars and starches, and the bacterial plaque on the teeth secretes acids as a reaction. These acids lead to erosion of the enamel and, if not addressed, can completely destroy it.

What Are The Advantages Of Dental Checkups On A Regular Basis?

Monitoring the oral cavity on a regular basis helps to support gum health. It also gives the dental hygienist the ability to diagnose and treat cavities and other dental diseases at an early stage.

Waiting until a tooth hurts to see a dentist usually involves more severe dental treatment than catching a small cavity during a checkup. Therefore it is best to remove the tooth decay before it becomes worse.

Is It True That Hygiene Treatments Are Painful?

There should be no discomfort related to any of the dental hygiene procedures. However, if you have any soreness or discomfort you should contact the hygienist immediately.

What Is The Purpose Of Flossing?

Flossing is critical to the health of your smile. Dental floss should be used regularly to remove plaque buildup, promote healthy gums, and prevent periodontal disease. Flossing also helps maintain a pretty and attractive smile by removing food particles and bacteria that build up between your teeth.

What Is The Best Oral Hygiene / Dental Hygiene Routine?

A decent daily brushing practise involves more than just your toothbrush and toothpaste. To create an ideal dental care routine, you must first determine which oral care routine suits you best. Here are the things you can do:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, one minute on top and one minute on the bottom.
  • Clean between all teeth with water, floss, or an interdental brush.
  • Using an anti-plaque mouthwash, rinse properly for 30 seconds.

Brush your teeth regularly, floss them, and rinse. This is the ideal sequence to accomplish the best oral hygiene.

  • Plaques are cleaned, and food particles are loosened by brushing.
  • The leftover dirt and bacteria between teeth are then removed by flossing or interdental cleaning.
  • All of the loose particles and germs are washed away during the rinsing process.

You’ll have clean teeth, healthy gums, fresh breath, and excellent oral health as a result.

Is It Important For Me To Use Mouthwash On A Daily Basis?

There are several types of mouthwash, therefore it depends on your needs.
Cosmetic mouthwashes are designed to refresh your breath and keep your teeth sparkly white, but they also include fluoride, which can help prevent cavities.

Therapeutic mouthwashes can help to address issues such as:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Inflammation
  • Gingivitis

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