Dental hygiene is an integral part of overall wellness. Considering the potential effects of poor oral health on your overall health, dental care can help you feel your best. Smile Envy Dental Group believes dental cleanings should be a relaxed, informative procedure where you feel empowered to make healthy decisions for your teeth and gums. Residents of Atlanta and surrounding areas, including Smyrna and Vinings, can learn to enjoy dental cleanings at Smile Envy.
What is Dental Hygiene?
Dental hygiene involves following of healthy habits for your teeth and gums. Dental hygiene is important to prevent future health problems ranging from minor, such as a cavity, to more severe, such as heart disease. Good dental hygiene practice can also prevent cosmetic irregularities such as missing teeth, inflamed gums, and dental stains. In general, dental hygiene typically encompasses dental cleaning appointments and at-home dental care.
What is Recommended for an Adult’s At-Home Dental Hygiene?
Any adult can perform the basic tasks of good dental hygiene. The foundation for adult dental hygiene is brushing and flossing at least twice per day. Using an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush, coupled with proper brushing technique, is the best way to clean the surfaces of the teeth. Proper flossing is the best way to clean the gum line and in between the teeth, common places where cavities can form. In addition to brushing and flossing, Dr. Fields may recommend an oral rinse to supplement your routine and personalize it to your exact dental needs.
If you are not used to brushing and flossing regularly, it is normal to have some discomfort or slight bleeding when changing your routine. After several days, this should subside as your gum tissue gains resiliency (which is a healthy change) with the stimulation. To learn more about proper dental brushing and flossing techniques, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fields to review your individual needs.
What is Recommended for Children’s At-Home Dental Hygiene?
Dental problems and disease affect the entire population, regardless of age. Starting good dental hygiene practices from a young age is a crucial component to long-lasting health. In fact, the FDA recommends that children have their first dental visit by the age of one. Using a finger to stimulate a baby’s gums is an effective way to introduce the experience of brushing the teeth. As children get older, providing age-appropriate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and oral rinses is recommended until a child can add flossing to their regimen. Talk to children about teeth brushing and show them proper brushing technique. These at-home practices, coupled with regular dental cleanings, can prevent serious problems down the road.
How Much Do Dental Hygiene Appointments Cost?
There is no set cost for dental hygiene appointments. Our office works with each patient to make financing family dentistry procedures a realistic option for care. Call us today for a better understanding of the cost of a dental hygiene appointment for you.
Many dental insurance plans cover a set number of hygiene appointments per year, but all insurance providers have unique policies. At Smile Envy Dental Group, we will review your policy and inform you of your individual costs for dental fillings.
In order to provide affordable access, we’re proud to offer patients financing options through CareCredit®. We can determine your eligibility before your appointment, so there are no surprises when it comes to finances. We happily accept many forms of payment including credit card.
Some people avoid dental hygiene exams due to anxiety, having other priorities and even fear of dental procedures. Smile Envy Dental Group helps residents of Smyrna, Vinings, and Atlanta’s nearby communities to feel empowered in their dental hygiene practice. Dr. David Fields and his professional team provide comprehensive dental hygiene cleanings and exams. Contact us today to learn more about your dental hygiene.