Dental Hygiene Specialist

Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry

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.

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What is good 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.

Good oral hygiene habits include:  

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Using toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Having regular dental cleanings and exams

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet that limits between-meal snacking also helps encourage good oral hygiene.

How should I brush my teeth?

To brush your teeth thoroughly, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline and use short back-and-forth strokes to gently brush the outside, inside, and chewing surface of each tooth. When you finish with your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and help freshen your breath.

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?

You already know you should floss your teeth every day, but did you know that flossing is just as important as brushing? That’s because floss can remove food debris and residue from areas that your toothbrush can’t reach.

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:

Cavity prevention

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.  

Whiter teeth

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.