Oral hygiene basics

Oral hygiene basics can help to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums clean to prevent infection and other problems. At HD Dental Studios, we are dedicated to helping our patients in Culver City, CA maintain excellent oral health. Dr. Hank takes a preventative approach to care, getting to know each patient and creating a personalized plan for lifelong oral health. A vital part of great oral hygiene is examining one’s teeth and gums on a daily basis, so it is crucial to use preventative dental care at our dental office twice annually. We will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your mouth, keeping your teeth and gums healthy in the process.

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| Oral Hygiene in Culver City, CA

What is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping your oral cavity clean and free of oral disease. It includes brushing teeth and flossing them, in addition to routine dental x-rays, exams, cleanings, and visits to Dr. Hank.

Oral health is an essential part of our everyday lives, but it’s often disregarded. Your mouth is a natural mirror of your entire physical wellness. The signs of nutritional deficiencies in your body or illness could possibly first be apparent in your mouth. Routine dentistry is the main way to ensure a beautiful smile and long-lasting oral health.

What conditions can be linked to oral health?

Many people may not realize it, but oral hygiene is linked to overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to other health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. In addition, poor oral hygiene can also lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and other oral health problems.

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Your oral health may affect various diseases and conditions, including:

  • Endocarditis: This bacterial infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) occurs when bacteria or other substances from another part of your body, such as your mouth, pass through your bloodstream and attach to specific areas in your heart.

  • Cardiovascular disease: Some research suggests that there may be a connection between heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke, and the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause. However, the exact nature of this connection is not yet fully understood.

  • Pregnancy and birth complications: According to recent research, periodontitis may be linked to premature birth and low birth weight. This is a serious condition that can have negative consequences for both mother and child. If you are pregnant, it is important to see Dr. Hank to ensure that your oral health is up to par.

  • Pneumonia: The presence of certain bacteria in your mouth can lead to the development of pneumonia and other respiratory diseases if they are inhaled into your lungs.

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Keeping Up Your Oral Health

Dental visits is essential to maintaining your oral health. They can help identify and fix problems with teeth or gums, and also assess the general condition of your mouth. They can also help point out potential trouble spots and offer suggestions for preventive care. In order to keep your teeth clean, free of disease, healthy gums, and fresh breath, it is important to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine. This should include the following:

  • Brush and Floss: You should brush twice every day and floss every day to help prevent the formation of plaque, a bacteria-laden biofilm, on the surface of your teeth. Some bacteria can assist in the development of gingivitis and other gum diseases.

  • Get enough fluoride: Fluoride is vital for tooth regrowth and decay prevention in both children and adults. Fluoride paste can be applied directly to the tooth during an office appointment.

  • Limit between-meal snacks: Sugary snacks can cause tooth decay by feeding the bacteria that produce acid. To help prevent tooth decay, limit sugary snacks to mealtime.

  • Use a mouth rinse: Therapeutic rinses are more than just temporary odor or taste masks. In addition to temporarily masking bad breath and tastes, they may help to boost your overall oral hygiene. Over-the-counter products typically offer only  cosmetic benefits, while therapeutic rinses also include bacterial- and cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients.

  • Quit tobacco: If you use tobacco, you are at a greater risk for oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Quitting now is the best way to reduce your risk. Ask us how we can help you quit today.

  • Examine your mouth regularly: If you establish a regular oral care routine, you will be able to quickly identify any changes in your mouth, such as chipped teeth, red or swollen gums, or unusual sores. If you find anything of concern, please let us know so that we can provide early treatment, which offers the best chance for remedying many problems.

A major goal of contemporary dentistry is to help you keep your natural teeth for your entire life. By maintaining a structured program of oral hygiene, you have the best possible chance of achieving this goal.

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