Dentistry & Dental Hygiene
Dental hygiene is extremely important because it can prevent other, more serious dental health problems from occurring.
Appropriate regular dental hygiene consists of proper brushing and flossing at least twice a day, maintaining a good diet and proper eating habits, using fluoride toothpastes, mouthwashes, and drinking fluoridated water.
You should also maintain regular checkups, at least one every six months, with your general dentist to determine if you are developing any cavities or gum disease.
During your regular checkups you should have a prophylaxis (professional dental cleaning) and dental prophylaxis consists of removing plaque and cleaning your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. It also may be recommended that you have sealants put on one or more teeth. In this picture the tooth had developed deep pits that could hold bacterial causing cavities to develop. In the second picture the sealant has been added covering the pits giving bacterial no where to hide.