Professional Oral Hygiene Care

 

cleaningYour Dental Hygienist is a registered, licensed dental professional with at least two years of rigorous, extensive college level training in caring for your teeth. Regular evaluations of your gingival health and removal of toxic mineralized deposits with your Dental Hygienist is essential to keeping your gums and the surrounding bone healthy.

Radiographs

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Radiographs are a very important diagnostic tool for detecting dental decay in its early stages. Judicious use of radiographs helps to prevent unnecessary tooth loss, pain, infection and deep cavities that require extensive and costly treatment.

Recommendations

adaThe American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following for good oral hygiene:

Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.  Decay causing bacteria are continually growing in the mouth. Flossing removes bacterial plaque and food from between the teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss daily!

Eat a nutritious, whole foods diet and limit between meal snacks. Avoid high sugar foods and drinks and refined carbohydrates.

To Floss or Not to Floss?

flossThe American Dental Association (ADA) is aware of the recent preliminary injunction against a mouthwash manufacturer's advertising claim that its mouth rinse is as effective as flossing.  The ADA continues to recommend flossing as part of a superior oral hygiene regimen.  While some study results indicate the use of a mouth rinse can be as effective as flossing for reducing plaque between the teeth, the American Dental Association (ADA) still recommends that individuals  brush twice a day and clean between the teeth with floss or interdental cleaners once each day to remove plaque from all tooth surfaces.  Plaque is responsible for both tooth decay and gum disease.  Regarding the studies, the authors concluded that in patients with mild to moderate gingivitis (early peridontal (gum) disease), rinsing twice a day with the antiseptic mouth rinse was as effective as flossing for reducing plaque and gingivitis between the teeth.  The studies did not examine whether the mouth rinse had the same effect as floss on reducing tooth decay or periodontitis (advanced peridontal (gum) disease).  Flossing and interdental cleaners also help remove food debris caught between teeth that may not be rinsed away.

So many choices, so little time

toothpasteisleAny trip to the oral hygiene aisle of your local pharmacy or grocery store can be daunting.  So many products with so many claims.  At Hardwick Dental Group, we believe speaking to your dentist about what types of oral care products will be most efffective for you is the sure path to a successful purchase.  The ADA Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.  Look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators, mouth rinses and other oral hygiene products.  Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.  A worn toothbrush is not as effective for cleaning your teeth as a new one.  Children's toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adults because they can wear out sooner.

For even more information , we invite you to visit the ADA's website.

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