Dental Hygiene

Tucson Dental Hygienist

Maintaining good dental hygiene is the key to healthy teeth and gums. Teeth that are clean and free of debris, and gums that are pink and do not hurt or bleed when brushing and flossing are the indicators of good oral health. At Frank Son, DDS, our team has the experience to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy in Tucson, AZ. There are also a few things that you can do at home.

Importance of good dental hygiene

Not only does a healthy mouth feel good and help you look good, but it also enables you to enjoy your food better and speak properly. Additionally, dental conditions are linked to health issues in other areas of the body, so by taking care of your mouth, you are aiding in keeping your overall health in good condition.

How to practice good dental hygiene

A daily oral care routine is a form of preventative dentistry, lowering your risk of cavities and gum disease. While it requires diligence, your effort will pay off as it will be much less painful and expensive than having to receive restorative treatments after problems have developed.

There are several simple steps that you can take to decrease your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.

  • Brush twice a day thoroughly (for two minutes at a time)
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet, limiting sugar consumption and snacks between meals
  • Use dental products (toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) that contain fluoride

In addition to taking these steps to manage your dental health, if you have children under 12 in your life, make sure that they drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if you live in a non-fluoridated area; this mineral is another important part in maintaining healthy teeth.

One last major step to keeping your teeth and gums healthy is to make regular visits to your dentist for a dental cleaning and checkup. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year, or about every six months. Frank Son DDS is available in Tucson to take care of you and your family’s oral health.