Good dental hygiene is essential to reduce bacteria and prevent gum disease like gingivitis. Dr. Hung T. Chau of Sunshine Dental, located in Houston, Texas, not only provides expert cleaning and preventive services. He also educates patients of all ages how to properly care for their teeth at home to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. If you’re looking for a dentist who’ll care about your family’s teeth as much as you do, call today or book an appointment online to meet with Dr. Chau.
Dental Hygiene Q & A
Why do I need proper dental hygiene?
Proper dental hygiene is crucial to the condition of your mouth, gums, and teeth. When your dental hygiene is poor, you are susceptible to infections and oral diseases, such as gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness, and swelling of your gums. If it’s left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a severe case of gum disease that may also lead to tooth loss.
What can I do to improve my dental hygiene?
You have several options to enhance your dental hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to prevent food build-up between your teeth. Food buildup can cause plaque and gingivitis. If floss breaks between your teeth, you may want to try a floss that is coated in wax. Unwaxed floss is thinner and easier to maneuver through teeth but breaks easier than waxed floss.
Dr. Chau also recommends using mouthwash to fight bacteria causing gum disease and tooth decay or loss. What mouthwash used depends on your individual needs. If you’re prone to cavities, mouthwashes with fluoride are beneficial. If you have excessive bad breath, mouthwash with alcohol is a better solution than one with fluoride.
Should I see a dentist about my dental hygiene?
Yes. Dr. Chau can meet with you to provide tips to ensure your dental hygiene is sufficient. During a routine exam, he reviews your medical history and checks the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. He may suggest X-rays for an in-depth inspection of your teeth. If you have gingivitis, X-rays help disclose whether you have bone loss.
When should I have my teeth cleaned?
You should have a routine cleaning by Dr. Chau every six months. Before the cleaning, Dr. Chau examines your mouth for any signs of disease or infection. The examination may require X-rays depending on the condition of your teeth and medical history. If you have plaque or tartar buildup, Dr. Chau uses dental instruments to scrape it off and clean your mouth to eliminate growing bacteria.