General Hygiene in San Mateo
The first step to having a healthy, happy smile is investing in preventative care, or general hygiene dentistry. These treatments include attending hygiene appointments and maintaining good dental care habits at home. Join us as we take a look at what’s important to keeping your smile bright and clean.
Dental Hygiene Appointments
There is a reason that hygiene visits are so important: you receive care and monitoring that you can’t get at home.
- Oral Health Evaluations: The first thing that our hygienists will do is take x-rays or intraoral images of your smile. With these scans, we can track any movement of teeth and the condition of your jaw. As you continue to visit us over time, we can keep tabs on any problem areas, oral diseases, and more.
- Polishing and Flossing: Polishing and flossing takes up the majority of a hygiene visit. These two treatments thoroughly clean your smile, as well as expose problem areas where you aren’t brushing or flossing correctly at home.
- Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride is an essential element in keeping your teeth strong against tooth decay and other oral health diseases. While very small amounts of fluoride are naturally available in tap water and other sources, it’s also essential to receive fluoride while at the dentist.
Best Dental Care Habits At Home
- Brush and Floss Twice a Day: This is the best way to clear your smile of lingering food particles and bacteria.
- The Right Tools: Make sure that you’re using a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste for your smile. A soft-bristle brush will protect your gums and won’t wear on your teeth, while non-abrasive toothpaste won’t damage the enamel.
- Drink Water: Water is not only vital to your bodily health, but your oral health as well. By drinking water, you can keep a healthy saliva flow that washes away food particles and bacteria in your mouth.
- Treats in Moderation: It’s okay to eat sugary treats and desserts that you love, so long as you eat them in moderation and clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards. This way, the cavity-causing bacteria won’t have a chance to consume the food particles and lay plaque on your teeth.
Contact Us About Best Dental Care Practices
You may not know that your oral health could have an impact on your bodily health, so be sure to take care of your smile through good dental habits. If you have any questions about how you can best care for your smile, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation with Dr. T. Jeff Powers, Dr. Diana Powers, and our team.