Dental Hygiene

Plaque and bacteria naturally build up in your mouth. If you do not maintain good hygiene habits, it will lead to cavities and other issues.

Proper brushing and flossing can help protect your smile. Dr. Ettienne van Zyl can help you establish the best hygiene routine.

Why is practicing proper oral hygiene at home so important?


Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene

Fewer Cavities

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92 percent of adults have had a cavity affect a permanent tooth. Maintaining proper at-home dental care removes plaque and can help prevent tooth decay.

Reduced Risk of Gum Disease

When plaque is left on teeth for an extended period of time, it hardens and turns into tartar. Thoroughly removing plaque on a daily basis can minimize bacteria and prevent gum disease.

Better Overall Health

Your dental hygiene also plays a key role in your overall health. Conditions like gum disease have been linked to serious health issues such as diabetes and heart attacks. Because of this connection to your overall well-being, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene.

Without proper hygiene, oral health concerns can quickly escalate...

Illustration showing effects of tooth decay Illustration showing effects of tooth decay

Regular at-home care and checkups help fight gum disease...

Protect Your Smile  from Harmful, Progressive Conditions

Dr. van Zyl is dedicated to helping you care for your smile...

Smiling woman holding toothbrush with toothpaste in front of her mouthAchieving and maintaining sound oral wellness is a daily balancing act consisting of a good diet and regular hygiene. Healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath, and a gorgeous smile are just some of the benefits of reducing your sugar intake and brushing and flossing regularly. 

The Basic Principles of Daily Oral Hygiene

While brushing and flossing at home, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes: Although it might seem like a long time to brush, it is important to thoroughly brush all the surfaces of your teeth, as well as other parts of your mouth. You may find it useful to implement a timer, clock, or your smartphone to time yourself.
  • Brush your teeth when you wake up and before bed: This may seem like an obvious statement, but it is easy to let habits slip. We may stall brushing in the morning, especially if we are enjoying a morning in and leisurely breakfast. Likewise, we may brush our teeth in the evening after dinner, but have a quick snack or few sips of a beverage before hitting the sack. Not brushing in the morning means that the naturally-occurring bacteria in our mouth that have multiplied overnight are not cleaned away, and can turn into acid that harms your enamel. Eating something before we go to bed has a similar effect and can contribute to plaque, tartar, and even tooth decay.
  • Brush more than your teeth: Not just our teeth need a good scrubbing every day - essentially, all of the areas of our mouth need to be cleaned of bacteria. Be sure to gently brush your gums, tongue, inner cheeks, and roof of your mouth too.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste: Fluoride is a very important tool to defend your teeth against cavities. To make sure you are getting enough of this protective mineral, select a toothpaste with fluoride. You may also want to choose a toothpaste with tartar control to help fight the insoluble compound that compromises the appearance, function, and health of your teeth.

Pairing Skill & Passion for Exceptional Dental Care

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl and his team
Dr. van Zyl and his team are proud to care for your smile.

Dr. van Zyl is highly qualified to provide your dental treatment: 

  • Trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Advanced knowledge in a broad spectrum of dental disciplines
  • Member of several prestigious dental organizations
  • Provides a full spectrum of treatment at his practice 

With a focus on personalized, comfortable care you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of care with Dr. van Zyl and his team. Call us at (479) 372-4500 to schedule your consultation.

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