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Dental Hygiene

Maintaining a high standard of dental hygiene is essential for preserving the health of your teeth and gums. Failing to care for your oral health can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, and it is linked to a range of other complications.

To prevent these issues from arising, we suggest coupling an effective at-home oral hygiene routine with regular visits to a dental hygienist.

How can I care for my oral health at home?

We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.

What happens if I don’t follow an effective oral hygiene routine?

Over time, plaque builds up on the teeth and around the gum line. If it remains undisturbed, plaque hardens and becomes tartar which is impossible to remove by brushing alone.

Plaque and tartar on the teeth lead to decay and cavities, while bacteria build-up beneath the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease.

How can my dentist support my dental hygiene?

A regular schedule of dental check-ups is essential for maintaining your oral health. Dr. Tjorhom can identify issues in their early stages and administer the appropriate treatment, as well as advise you how to care for your teeth and gums.

Another way we can support your oral health is with professional cleanings. Your dental hygienist can thoroughly clean your teeth and gums using a range of techniques, removing stubborn tartar deposits and plaque in hard-to-reach areas.

What can I expect at a professional cleaning appointment?

Your hygienist will begin by examining the overall condition of your teeth and gums, checking for signs of tooth decay and gum disease.

A traditional cleaning involves the use of small tools to scrape away built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth and around the gum line.

The hygienist will then use a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric toothbrush to polish the surface of your teeth. Polishing the teeth smooths out tiny pits and crevices where plaque can accumulate.

We also prioritize your periodontal health, which refers to the condition of your gums. Your hygienist will conduct regular periodontal charting, monitoring any changes that may occur over time to identify and treat problems in their early stages.

We are also pleased to offer piezoelectric scaling tools that are safe to use for patients with pacemakers. This allows us to provide exceptional hygiene services to all, irrespective of their general health status.