The mouth is a gateway to the body, and oral diseases can affect general health if left untreated. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Healthy teeth help you chew properly and speak correctly. At Koski DePaul Dental Group, regular dental care, such as examinations and professional cleanings, can help prevent more severe problems like periodontal disease. At-home care can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums in-between visits.
What Happens During a Routine Dental Hygiene Visit?
Our dental hygienist will clean your teeth during a regular dental checkup by removing plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gum line. We will also floss in between your teeth to remove food particles that get trapped between the teeth and cause bad breath. This helps to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health.
It’s also essential to schedule regular dental appointments so that we can monitor your oral health and prevent more severe issues down the road. For example, we may discover you have an early-stage cavity during a routine exam instead of having to perform the more extensive treatment to fix a tooth with a large cavity. Or, if we notice that your gums are showing signs of gingivitis, we can treat it early to avoid more invasive treatment for more advanced gum disease. Regular dental care can help prevent the need for more costly treatments and procedures in the future.
Why Is Oral Hygiene Important?
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily are crucial to maintaining good oral health. When our patients brush and floss regularly, they remove plaque from the teeth and the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms in the mouth. If it is not removed daily, it hardens into tartar which a dentist can only withdraw. Unfortunately, if a patient does not maintain his or her oral hygiene regimen, the teeth and gums are not healthy, and the risk for infections increases.
Good oral healthcare habits also ensure an attractive smile. When patients have a healthy smile, they are happier with their appearance and are more likely to smile and laugh more often. This promotes an improved mood and a positive outlook. Regular brushing also helps avoid bad breath. Patients who do not control their oral care routine could develop chronic halitosis or persistent bad breath. Chronic bad breath often causes embarrassment in patients and can cause them to avoid social situations.
Maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen is essential to having a healthy mouth and body. For the best dental care, visit Koski DePaul Dental Group.