Good oral hygiene is keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by brushing and flossing daily. Everyone should brush twice daily to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque can build up when teeth are not regularly brushed, creating tartar as a byproduct. This causes gums to inflame and bleed easily. The longer this goes on, the more damage it can do to the teeth and gums, leading to other complications such as cavities and tooth loss. Regular dentist visits at AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD, should also be scheduled twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup. This will allow our dentist to remove buildups that cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss alone.
The Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene means appropriately caring for your teeth to keep them strong and free of cavities and disease. Failing to brush and floss leads to tartar buildup, which can damage your gums and lead to infection. A buildup of bacteria in plaque can cause gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. In addition, poor oral health has been linked to several severe medical conditions like heart disease or stroke. Daily brushing and flossing remove plaque and prevents this build-up from occurring. Regular checkups and cleanings by a dentist also fight tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dental cleanings and exams are equally important, as they allow your dentist to catch potential problems early while they are still easily treatable. Combined with good nutrition, daily oral hygiene can lower your risk for disease and decay and help you maintain excellent overall health. Well-maintained teeth can also improve your confidence and self-esteem. Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and good dental health can help you put your best foot forward.
How to Achieve Good Oral Hygiene?
Regular brushing and flossing are essential for removing plaque from your teeth. While brushing and flossing at home is vital to preventing cavities, visiting your dentist for a checkup and cleaning is equally important.
Patients should see their dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings. This helps prevent plaque buildup on areas of the teeth that are difficult to reach with at-home cleaning tools. Plaque not removed can lead to gum disease or tooth decay, so it is essential to remove plaque regularly. Additionally, professional cleanings help to remove stains from the teeth' surface that can make them look yellowed and dull. Your dentist can also help you prevent future issues with your oral health by monitoring your dental health and may identify problems before they become serious.
We recommend visiting our office at least twice a year for a cleaning. For the best dental care, visit AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD at 6541 Crown Boulevard Suite G San Jose, CA 95120, or call (408) 268-4161.