Dental Hygiene

Good dental hygiene, including professional cleaning every six months to remove plaque where damaging bacteria can dwell, is essential to maintaining optimal oral health. Simple daily oral hygiene habits can help to prevent most dental problems. For our health, the purpose of teeth cleaning is to prevent gum disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss. Plaque causes gum disease because if allowed to dwell, plaque hardens into tartar. That creates a home for bacteria. Bacteria then causes inflammation in the gums called gingivitis, and no matter how well we brush, plaque and tartar can still build up. Tartar can only be removed by dentists and hygienists, and that’s what makes teeth cleaning every six months so important to overall health and well-being. Furthermore, untreated dental disease can create infections, damage bones and nerves, and spread to other parts of the body causing discomforts and even health issues as serious as heart disease.

Good dental hygiene includes:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice every day, once in the
    morning and once before you go to bed
  • Flossing your teeth at least once every day, before you go to bed
  • Taking the time to brush thoroughly for at least two minutes
  • Using fluoride water and other products containing fluoride, like toothpastes and mouthwashes
  • Visiting a dentist every six months for a regular dental cleaning and exam

Neglecting dental hygiene can result in periodontal disease, oral infections, thrush, dry mouth, tooth decay, and other conditions.


Proper dental hygiene is valuable for everyone’s health and well-being, and at Young Family Dental, we love taking care of our customers.

  • “These guys are awesome! I had a tooth break on a Friday afternoon and they got me in right away! I’ve since seen 3 different dentists there and have no complaints. The office staff is incredible and friendly. I still am not a huge fan of going to the dentist, but this office has really helped alleviate my fears and dental anxiety. I would recommend them to anyone.”

    Ashleigh Jackson

  • I’ve known Dr. Chris for over 10 years, and my experience with him has been awesome. I got Invisalign with him to straighten my teeth, and it was incredible to have straight teeth! It was great, too, that I was an adult and I didn’t have to walk around with braces like a teenage weirdo. Chris and YFD are excellent, I highly recommend them.

    Johnny Thomas

  • Anne Marie Gross referred me to your office and has had nothing but great things to say about you! I am looking forward to scheduling an appointment soon!

    Rashael Stocking Matthews

  • Deron Gross- when I went to young family dental they treated me very nicely and took great care of me:) appreciate all the work they’ve done:)

    Deron Deron

  • I took both my 8 year old and 3 year old daughters there, and it was great experience from beginning to end. It was the first time for my 3 year old (don’t judge me ?) Jacqueline was great at making it a fun experience for her. Jessica helped take care of my 8 year old who had some infection on a tooth she had worked on a while ago. And the dentist was great too. Overall, everyone was friendly, everything was clean, and at the end I had a credit on my account that I didn’t know was there which was an added bonus.

    Jessica Murdock

  • Young Family Dental Riverton employs the latest technology and procedures. The staff is always friendly and make you feel comfortable.

    Chanel Price

  • Everything they do is on time and as scheduled. They send you reminders for your appointments. They are great. My entire family goes to Young Family Dental Riverton.

    Astony Stino

  • I love young family dental! Their assistants are great and make me feel comfortable which is important to me because I don’t like going to the dentist. The dentists are very informative and make me feel at ease as well. They take extra time and care to make sure you fully understand what is being done and what needs to be done. If you need a check up, a cleaning, or work done stop or call young family in Riverton Utah, they are great!!

    James Ross

  • I love working here.. The dentists, hygienists, and assistants are awesome!!!

    Orchid Lopez-Zamarron

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