Preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
Dental hygiene refers to the practice of maintaining oral health and preventing dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. It involves regular cleaning of the teeth and gums as well as other preventive measures such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Dental hygiene also includes education on proper oral care techniques and lifestyle habits that can impact oral health, such as diet and smoking. Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who specialize in providing preventive dental care, including cleaning, scaling, and polishing teeth and educating patients on oral hygiene practices.