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Patient Education

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene (or dental hygiene) is the process by which preventive dental care is provided to avoid dental emergencies. At the core of dental hygiene is the in-home dental care regimen that you perform. Your at-home regimen is supplemented with professional preventative dental care provided by the dentists and licensed dental hygienists at Angwin Dental.

Tooth brushing is fundamentally important, though it alone will not remove the calculus (also called tartar or plaque) that builds up over time. Calculus must be removed to lower your risk of cavities, toothaches, periodontal disease or even the loss of all your teeth.

If calculus forms below the gum line, bacteria can invade and create a host of other dental problems. The surfaces and areas between the teeth and under the gum line must be maintained and treated on a regular basis in order to ensure proper dental hygiene.

At Angwin Dental, your dentist works with your hygienist by further examine the teeth, mouth and gums to provide any necessary treatment for tooth decay or gum disease. Regular dental visits are critical at all ages — we recommend that Angwin Dental patients visit with their dentist and dental hygienist a minimum of two times each year.