18 September 2008

SmileDental hygiene, also known as oral hygiene, is the process by which preventative dental care is provided to avoid dental emergencies. At the core of dental hygiene is the in-home dental care regimen you perform.

Tooth brushing is important,but still only brush the teeth alone will not remove the calculus that builds up over time. Calculus must be removed to lower your risk of toothaches, cavities, periodontal disease or even the loss of all your teeth. Removing calculus will reduce the chances of needing root canals, tooth extractions, dental bridges, crowns and more.

Root - Dental Hygiene
Calculus builds up on the teeth. If calculus forms below the gum line, bacteria can invade and create a host of other dental problems. Furthermore, the surfaces and areas between the teeth and under the gum line must be maintained and treated on a regular basis in order to ensure proper dental hygiene.

Dental hygienists are often responsible for :
  • performing professional tooth cleaning
  • scraping hardened plaque (tartar)
  • removing calculus deposits
  • taking X-rays
  • identifying changes in the bite (occlusion)
  • investigating components that relate to the bone and setting up the nitrous oxide that is used
  • relaxing people requiring more invasive treatment
Your dentist then works with your hygienist by further examining the teeth, mouth and gums to provide any necessary treatment for tooth decay or gum disease. Regular dental visits are critical at any age for the maintenance of dental hygiene. Recommendation that patients visit with their dentist and dental hygienist a minimum of two times each year to maintain proper dental hygiene.

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