Good oral hygiene can help prevent against everything from bad breath to severe tooth decay, but it’s up to you to make sure you’re taking care of your mouth when you’re not in the dentist’s office. Quincy Attipoe, DDS, of Amazing Grace Family Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, not only offers regular teeth cleanings, but can also help educate you on the best dental hygiene routine for your lifestyle. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.
Proper oral hygiene includes several components, including in-office and at-home care. This means scheduling routine dental cleanings with Dr. Attipoe and taking care of your mouth on your own time.
Basic oral hygiene includes daily flossing and twice-daily brushing. These activities help remove plaque – a sticky film on the teeth that can eventually harden into tartar and promote tooth decay. Dr. Attipoe and his team can help you establish a dental care routine that works for you and your schedule.
In addition, you need a professional cleaning at least once -- usually twice -- a year. Dr. Attipoe and his team will ensure that any tartar is removed and polish the teeth. They can also teach you or your child proper cleaning techniques.
Oral hygiene affects not only the health of your mouth but your overall health as well. Poor oral hygiene increases the risk of cavities and gum disease, not to mention bad breath. Gum disease has also been linked to conditions like heart disease.
Regular dental check-ups also help identify problems early. For example, cancers in the mouth often start as a very small spot that you may not even notice.
Amazing Grace Family Dentistry can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you a recommended specialist should you need further care.
Both children and adults are at risk of cavities. Children may be more at risk because of their eating habits, and because many children don't know how or don't take the time to thoroughly clean their teeth.
Adults have a higher risk of certain conditions like periodontal disease, which can cause irreparable damage to the gums and jawbone. Women may also have some special dental health issues as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can all affect the way the gums react to plaque.
A healthy mouth is clean and free of debris. Your gums are pink and there is no pain with flossing or brushing. Your gums should not bleed with flossing or brushing, either.
Although bad breath may occur occasionally – such as first thing in the morning – it is not a constant problem. The mouth will be moist rather than dry, with adequate saliva at all times.
To help maintain good dental hygiene, call Amazing Grace Family Dentistry or book an appointment online.