Dental hygiene, often referred to as oral hygiene, is basically just taking care of your teeth. The dentist can significantly improve your dental hygiene by either cleaning them professionally or providing you with a detailed hygiene plan, containing advice on how to take care of your teeth properly. Being aware of plaque and knowing how to reduce it is a good sign that you understand dental hygiene well.
Signs that you have good dental/oral hygiene:
- Pink gums, that are healthy e.g. not bleeding or hurting when brushing
- Good breath
- Healthy teeth free from decay
- Strong teeth, so no loose teeth or teeth containing holes/gaps
Dental hygiene is very important to maintain because it could eventually lead to that all-dreaded gum disease if not properly taken care of. Regular check-ups at our very own Creative Smiles dental practice for a scale and polish can keep your hygiene up to date and if needed we can advise you what needs to be done better in the future. For example, flossing more and brushing the back of your teeth, etc.
So please make sure you're using the correct mouthwash and using the right amount of fluoride in your toothpaste!