Proper dental hygiene is achieved through disciplined use of preventative dental health practices such as brushing, flossing and keeping regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist and hygienist.
When your dentist or oral hygienist cleans your teeth they are doing your whole body a great service. Ridding your mouth of the bacteria in your mouth is a great way to prevent tooth decay as well as many other health related problems. As we have discussed on the tooth decay page, bacteria are living organisms that basically use our mouth as a toilet. These bacteria build up over time and only your dental health professional can fully scrape them from your teeth.
When you do go to get your teeth cleaned, make sure that you are seeing a registered dental hygienist. Most dentists do not receive the extensive training in the detection and treatment of periodontal disease, while a Registered Dental Hygienist spends most of his/her schooling studying and treating this disease.
Good dental hygiene starts at home. Make sure that you and your family brush three times a day and floss once a day. Also, try to avoid foods containing sugar or at least make sure to brush after eating any of these foods.