What is Oral Hygiene?
Having good oral hygiene simply means your teeth are clean, your gums are pink, healthy, and don’t bleed when you brush or floss, and bad breath isn’t a persistent problem.
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet that limits between-meal snacking also helps encourage good oral hygiene.
Good oral hygiene habits include:
Flossing at least once a day
Brushing thoroughly twice a day
Using toothpaste that contains fluoride
Having regular dental cleanings and exams
How should I brush my teeth?
To ensure you won’t wear away your tooth enamel over time, use a soft-bristled toothbrush that you replace every three months. Choose toothpaste that contains fluoride to strengthen your tooth enamel and fight off tooth decay.
Why is flossing so important?
To perform the task properly, run the floss along each side of every tooth. To remove the pockets of bacteria just beneath your gumline, gently pull the floss up and slightly under your gums in a C-shape. If your gums are healthy, flossing shouldn’t cause pain or bleeding.
What are the benefits of regular dental cleanings?
In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home, it’s important to see Dr. Zarghouni for routine cleanings and exams. Having your teeth cleaned professionally every 6-12 months helps your oral hygiene efforts in a variety of ways, including:
By using advanced equipment that removes plaque more effectively than the toothbrush you use at home, regular dental cleanings can go a long way in helping to prevent cavities.
Gum Disease Prevention
Regular dental cleanings are the only way to remove tartar or calcified plaque. When it’s allowed to linger or progress, tartar can lead to gum disease and eventually tooth loss.
Dr. Zarghouni also has the expertise and skill to safely remove months of built-up stains in a single cleaning, which helps you maintain a whiter, brighter smile.
To learn how you can improve your oral hygiene habits, call Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.
Arezo Zarghouni, DDS
General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX
Your oral health is connected to your overall health and well-being, which is why it’s important to maintain good dental hygiene habits.
As a dentist who provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages at Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry in Houston, Dr. Arezo Zarghouni knows that having regular cleanings and exams is just one part of what it takes to maintain optimal oral health.
If you’re ready to learn how to cultivate good dental hygiene habits at home, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.