19 Oct 2015
Dental Hygiene – Why Is It Important?
It’s important to visit Dr. Garcia every six months to get your teeth cleaned and checked. This helps to monitor your oral health and prevent any problems that may arise.
There are two to three parts to every regular dental visit: the check up, the cleaning and once per year, the check up x-rays.
The check up (including or excluding x-rays)
- Your dental professional will check for any cavities, plaque or tartar build up and inflammation of the gums. They will use a special tool to “probe,” or measure the space between your teeth and gums. Healthy gums have shallow spaces, while patients with gum disease have deeper spaces. Your dental professional will also do a cancer screening, which checks your head, face, throat, tongue and neck.
- Your dental professional will use special tools to “scale,” or remove any plaque or tartar build up. They will then polish your teeth with a paste, which assists in removing surface stains. Lastly, they will floss your teeth which removes the debris from between your teeth.
In between visits, there are a few things that you can do on your own to make this process easier!
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Remember to floss daily!
- Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
- Use a mouth rinse several times each week to help rid plaque. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can build up and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar by brushing and flossing.
- Keep in mind that your nutrition plays a big part in your overall well-being — especially your oral hygiene! Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Be sure to take good care of your teeth and gums in between dental visits. After all, they take good care of you!