Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Specialist
Good dental hygiene practices keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition to your at-home care, you need regular and routine visits with a dental team for professional cleanings and checkups to keep your teeth strong. Erik Unger, DDS, a Board Certified Periodontist offers expert dental hygiene services and care to people in and around Glendale, Arizona, at Happy Valley Smiles Dentistry. You can call the practice or book an appointment online today.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

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Why is dental hygiene important?

Like all bacteria, the kind that eats away at your tooth enamel and causes cavities thrives in a warm, moist environment — in this case, your mouth. Daily efforts to clean this bacteria and food debris from your teeth are critical to keeping the bacteria levels low and protecting your teeth.

In addition to causing cavities, the bacteria that live in your mouth can lead to the development of plaque and tartar, which can invite gingivitis and gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

The benefits are aesthetic as well as preventive. Good oral hygiene helps to keep your breath fresh and your teeth white.

What’s included in dental hygiene treatments?

Professional dental hygiene clears away plaque and debris that you can’t remove by brushing and flossing at home.

The first step of any professional dental hygiene appointment is a brief exam of your teeth to make sure they are healthy and strong enough for the cleaning. As long as there are no signs of serious damage that would need treatment before the cleaning, Dr. Unger moves on to the next step, plaque removal.

During plaque removal, Dr. Unger uses a special tool called a scaler to gently scrape away any plaque or tartar that has built up on your teeth since your last visit. This process shouldn’t be painful.

With the plaque removed, Dr. Unger uses a special, gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth with a small, handheld buffing tool. Finally, he’ll floss your teeth for you.

Throughout your dental hygiene treatment, Dr. Unger looks for any changes in your dental health or signs that decay is developing.

How can I take care of my teeth at home?

Daily at-home dental cleaning is essential to protecting the health of your teeth and gums. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after every meal. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day to remove any debris that is stuck between your teeth that you can’t remove by brushing.

Why is it so important to floss?

The bacteria that live in your mouth are harmful if too much piles up and stays in contact with your teeth for too long. Brushing your teeth does not effectively clean the sides of your teeth that are next to each other. The best way to reach areas between your teeth is by flossing.

Because flossing gets to that hard-to-reach bacteria, it protects your teeth and gums from decay and disease. If you’re not sure how to floss correctly, ask Dr. Unger during your next visit. Call or schedule an appointment today.

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