Dental hygiene is the process of providing preventative dental care with the goal of avoiding dental emergencies. The dental hygiene that you perform regularly and consistently at home is the primary component of dental care. You are responsible for daily dental maintenance. Secondary to this is the professional dental care that you receive from your dentist or dental hygienist.
Daily Oral Hygiene
Dental plaque that is not removed eventually accumulates and hardens into calculus or tartar. Calculus is a hard, yellowish or brownish substance on the teeth. It can also form below the gum line and allow bacteria to deposit. In time, calculus can result in toothaches, cavities, and other serious dental problems. Therefore, it is fundamentally important to remove calculus on and between teeth by brushing and flossing. By maintaining daily dental hygiene, you can reduce your chances of needing tooth extractions, root canals, dental bridges, and other restorative dental procedures.
The surfaces between the teeth and under the gum line are more difficult to get at even with regular brushing and flossing. These surfaces must be maintained and treated regularly to ensure proper dental hygiene. This is where the expertise of a dental hygienist or dentist is required.
Professional Dental Care
A dental hygienist takes care of your teeth by performing professional tooth cleaning, scraping off calculus or tartar, taking oral X-rays, examining the contact between your upper and lower teeth, and investigating the areas around your teeth including the gums and bone. When necessary, the dental hygienist also prepares and administers the nitrous oxide that is used to relax people requiring more invasive treatment.
The dentist works with the dental hygienist by further examining the teeth, mouth, and gums, and provides treatment for tooth decay or gum disease. Whatever age you are, it is important to have regular visits to the dentist to ensure proper dental hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends dental visits at least twice a year.
Using Ozonated Olive Oil
The mouth is an ecosystem constantly being bombarded with microorganisms that carry multiple types of bacteria. Routing this bacteria and keeping potential, damaging, diseases away is a constant effort for the dental community and its patients. The most beneficial strategy for both practitioners and patients is a preventative one. As a holistic practice, we strongly suggest the use of ozonated olive oil as a preventative measure. It is a high quality, cold pressed olive oil put through ozone injection. It is minimally invasive, much more cost efficient than its counterparts, has shorter treatment times and above all else, it is painless. Applying it is very simple. Dab the gingival stimulator with the ozonated olive oil and run the tip along the gum line. This should be done once per day right before bed.