Dental Hygiene

The Systemic Dentist

Alireza Panahpour, DDS

Systemic Dentistry located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Good dental hygiene is the most important part of maintaining a happy, healthy smile. At his practice in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Alireza Panahpour, DDS, can help you improve your dental hygiene to support a lifetime of optimal dental health. If you’re overdue for a routine dental exam or have a pressing dental need, contact Dr. Panahpour’s office by phone, or book an appointment online today.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

What is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene, or oral hygiene, is the system you use to keep your teeth clean and healthy. There are multiple components of dental hygiene, including:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Flossing
  • Using antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Choosing a healthy diet
  • Scheduling routine dental exams and cleanings
  • Supplementing fluoride when necessary

Certain dental needs require additional oral hygiene steps.

Why is dental hygiene so important?

Proper dental hygiene plays a powerful role in preventing tooth decay. Embracing a great daily hygiene routine can keep your teeth healthy and strong throughout your life.

Gum disease prevention is another critical component of oral hygiene. A growing body of evidence supports the link between your oral health and overall health. If your gum tissue is inflamed or otherwise damaged, bacteria can enter your bloodstream, which can cause widespread health issues.

Gum disease has been linked to many serious health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Dementia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

This is far from a comprehensive list. Gum disease poses numerous risks to your health. Fortunately, it’s also very easy to prevent and treat in the early stages. Great oral hygiene is the most important step in that process.

What if I already have gum disease?

Dr. Panahpour can work with you to get your gum disease under control. He understands the importance of at-home care and takes the time to teach you how to care for your teeth and gums. He can show you proper brushing and flossing techniques and help you find ways to schedule these efforts into your daily routine.

If you have active gum disease, there are treatments that can help. A special cleaning procedure can remove plaque and bacteria below your gum line.

Certain medications can control bacteria and help your gum tissue adhere properly to the surface of your teeth. Antibiotics can address advanced infections.

No matter what stage of gum disease is present, Dr. Panahpour works with you to improve your gum health and enhance your dental hygiene habits. You may need to come in for more frequent visits until your gum disease is under control.

Schedule an appointment with systemic dentist Alireza Panahpour, DDS, by calling the office or booking online today.