What is Dental Hygiene?

Dental hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems. The most common dental problems good dental hygiene can prevent are:

  • Dental Cavities
  • Gingivitis
  • Bad Breath

Dental hygiene is also important in certain conditions where having a clean mouth is necessary for healing and regeneration. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Dental Trauma
  • Following Wisdom Tooth Extraction

What Procedures Are Included in the Dental Hygiene?

There are a number of tasks associated with dental hygiene, including :

  • Cleaning
  • Removing plaque
  • Flossing
  • Interdental brushes
  • Tongue Cleaning
  • Gum Care
  • Oral Irrigation

Foods that Help Dental Hygiene

There are several types of food that can help maintain healthy dental hygiene. These foods include, but are not limited to:

  • Fluoride
  • Calcium
  • Phosphate
  • Green Tea
  • Dairy Foods
  • Cheese
  • Fruits such as apples, strawberries and kiwis
  • Vegetables
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Animal food such as beef, chicken, turkey and eggs
  • Water

Foods that Harm Dental Hygiene

There are several types of food that can harm the chances of maintaining healthy dental hygiene. These foods include, but are not limited to:

  • Sugars
  • Cooked starches
  • The stickiness of food, or the level of the pH

Routine dental checkups are vital to good oral hygiene and are the best way to detect problems at their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment saves unnecessary discomfort, time, and money.

The Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups twice a year. Oral needs change with age and the condition of your teeth and gums. Dr. Saadat  may recommend a checkup schedule that is more or less frequent than twice a year.