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Dental Hygiene

South Valley Dentistry

General Family Dentistry located in East Valley, Chandler, AZ

Many people visit their dentist only when they have a problem, but when you adopt a regular dental hygiene routine you can prevent many dental problems from occurring at all. Family dentist Dominic Tam, DMD, and the team at South Valley Dentistry in Chandler, Arizona, believe in treating dental issues at their root. They work with patients to create individualized dental hygiene programs that allow them to get to the heart of any oral health issues. Take control over your smile and make an appointment by phone or online today.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

What is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene is the practice of taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. It's a program of activities that requires collaboration between you and your dental team. By working together, you're more likely to enjoy long-term dental health. 

How can I practice dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene falls into two parts: at-home practices and in-office treatments. There are some fundamental rules of dental hygiene that you can take ownership of at home. These include:

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Avoiding sugary food and drinks
  • Avoiding tobacco products
  • Chewing sugarless gum after meals
  • Protecting your mouth during high-impact activities
  • Scheduling regular dental exams

South Valley Dentistry supports your efforts with a range of services that include preventive dental care, oral health screenings, and patient education and counseling.

Why practice dental hygiene?

Practicing good dental hygiene can prevent premature tooth loss, tooth decay, ulcers, and other serious dental problems. But the benefits of dental hygiene expand far beyond oral health. 

If you don't take care of your teeth, you can develop gum disease or infection. These conditions are not only uncomfortable but can also cause a number of health problems entirely unrelated to teeth or gums.

Gum disease

Gum disease contains bacteria. If this bacteria reaches your cardiovascular system, it can cause serious health problems, such as stroke, heart disease, and coronary artery disease.

Gum infection

Gum infection can trigger rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, in response to the immune system fighting infection. 

On the other hand, some diseases can make you more prone to dental issues. Diabetes, asthma, and vitamin deficiencies can increase your chances of developing gum disease. If you have a chronic illness, mention it to your dentist so that they can factor this into your dental hygiene care plan.

Your well-being can be significantly affected if you don't take adequate care of your teeth. Once you get into a good dental hygiene routine, it's easier to keep it up. 

Take the first step to long-term oral health and partner with South Valley Dentistry. Call the practice or make an appointment online today.