Dental hygiene, or commonly oral hygiene, is the process of preventative dental care to maintain the health of your teeth, mouth and gums as well as overall health. At home brushing and flossing is your primary oral care procedure, but it is imperative that professional dental care providers including dentists and dental hygienists provide preventative treatment to maintain optimal health.
Brushing and flossing your teeth is vitally important but alone it will not remove all tartar and plaque that builds up over time, even in the most meticulous brusher! These deposits must be removed routinely to prevent your risk of cavities, toothaches, periodontal disease, tooth loss and infection to other areas of your body with pathogenic bacteria. Additionally, it will reduce chances of requiring comprehensive dental treatment in the future.
During a dental hygiene appointment at our office, our dental hygienists will provide a head and neck examination to screen for oral cancer, assess the periodontal health of the supporting tissues of your teeth, take required radiographs, remove tartar and plaque build-up as well as review home care strategies to maintain optimal health. Additional services of professional desensitization and preventative tooth sealants can also be provided as required.