Your overall health is our #1 priority
There is an overwhelming amount of research showing the link between oral health and systemic health. Our Kerrville hygiene team is your first line of defense when it comes to prevention of oral disease. Gum disease and dental caries (cavity) screenings should be part of your regular health routine like eating right and exercising.
Infections in the mouth can cause expensive damage to the teeth and soft tissues; preventive appointments and home care can reduce your risk. Also, infections like gum disease and tooth decay can contribute to or amplify systemic medical issues like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Let our gentle & skilled team take care of you
The hygiene team will walk you through each step of your evaluation to make sure you are informed and comfortable. You will be asked to share any concerns or changes you may have noticed, such as tooth discoloration, bad breath, and sensitivity to hot and cold or bleeding during brushing or flossing. The team will then go over the things that are relevant to you, including:
- Review of health history (medication use, changes in systemic health, etc.)
- Gum disease assessment
- Check of existing restorations
- Home care routine review and education (brushing and flossing)
- Cavity detection
- Address any other concerns you or the doctor may have
Children & hygiene
Dental caries (decay) is the number one chronic disease in children today. It is 5 times more common than asthma. More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness. Keeping your child’s mouth healthy is extremely important.
Regular appointments for your kids will keep them healthy and set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. We can’t wait to help your whole family keep their smiles healthy! Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Oral Hygiene FAQs
How do you maintain good oral hygiene?
If you want to maintain good oral hygiene, you should:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time
- Floss at least once a day and rinse with mouthwash
- Visit the dentist for dental exams and teeth cleaning twice a year
- Follow a well-balanced diet
- Try to limit the number of times you smoke tobacco
Dr. Huff and our team of hygienists will always ensure your smile remains healthy when you visit for your biannual checkups. If we notice a dental problem, we’ll always provide you with the right treatment to restore your health.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Oral hygiene is extremely important, not only for your dental health but for your physical and emotional health as well.
Good oral hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and can enhance your appearance. It can also make you genuinely happier and stress-free when you feel confident in your smile.
If you leave a dental problem untreated, it can lead to greater health risks such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes, and preterm labor. This is why receiving proper dental care is essential for your overall health.
What happens at an oral hygiene appointment?
During your oral hygiene appointments at Precision Dentistry & Implants in Kerrville, we will first examine your entire mouth including teeth, gums, and jaw.
We will also take digital x-rays of your mouth to ensure we’re not missing any underlying oral health issues that we can’t see. However, x-rays aren’t taken at every dental exam, but this may vary for each patient.
Lastly, we will perform a scaling and root planing procedure to remove plaque and built-up tartar from below your gum line. This will eliminate the risk of obtaining gum disease in the future.
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