Dental Hygiene

Couple doing a morning hygiene together.

Proper dental hygiene is crucial for maintaining good oral health. Without frequent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings, decay and disease can occur in people of any age. Hallock Family Dental wants to partner with patients to ensure the best in oral health by following these basics of dental hygiene.

Importance of Dental Hygiene

Those who do not brush, floss, and see their dentist regularly may begin noticing serious problems inside the mouth. In the beginning, gums may become swollen and bleed. Known as gingivitis, this issue can become more serious if unresolved. Eventually, an infection can set into the bones beneath the teeth, which is known as periodontal disease. With the infection, swelling can occur, which could even result in tooth loss.

Overall health has a connection with the health of the mouth. Not only will poor dental hygiene lead to issues with gums and teeth, but it can also contribute to other potentially serious health concerns. The bacteria that causes periodontal disease can also cause problems in other areas of the body. Some people may even develop serious health issues such as pancreatic cancer, oral cancer, leukemia, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. Research also indicates a potential connection between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Lack of dental hygiene can also cause significant mouth and facial pain from infections. Disruptions in the correct chemical balance in the mouth can cause issues with digestion, which could lead to problems with the intestines and even irritable bowel disorder.

Dental Hygiene Tips

To maintain a healthy mouth, practice proper brushing techniques. Positioning the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and gums is effective for cleaning. Move the brush over both the surfaces of the teeth and the gum line with back-and-forth and up-and-down motions.

  • Brush your teeth at least two times each day.
  • Floss teeth at least once each day.
  • Avoid tobacco products, and limit soft drinks, coffee, and alcohol. These products can cause discoloration of teeth, and some may cause calcium depletion.
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium, fruits, and vegetables to keep bones and teeth healthy.
  • Visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings.