Hygiene

Caring for your teeth properly is vital if you want their natural life to be as long as yours.

But sometimes, however well you care for your teeth and gums, you will need extra help to keep them in top condition.

Our hygienist plays a vital role in this. Seeing the hygienist regularly helps you to take the best possible care of your teeth and gums so that you can avoid problems caused by decay and gum disease. Gum disease usually goes unnoticed by sufferers until the later stages, but it is the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults.

It is also important to visit us as often as we advice for regular routine examinations. These help us to spot potential problems early on, so we can nip them in the bud, saving you time, inconvenience and unnecessary expense.

We also offer a range of other preventative treatments, including fissure sealants for children, which help to combat decay on vulnerable back teeth.

Hygienist

Our hygienist is professionally trained to treat gum disease. She has the time to make your teeth as spotlessly clean as possible. Her skills and knowledge can stop bleeding gums and bad breath and help you back to good dental health.

Regular ongoing visits to the hygienist are important in our programme of preventive dentistry. She also administers fluoride applications and fissure sealants to children and provides diet advice.

Toothbrushing - Brushing Technique:

  • Brush with a small, vigorous circular action or use an electric toothbrush.
  • Try and brush in an ordered sequence starting with the inside surfaces first as they are the most awkward to reach.
  • Move along one tooth at a time with the brush head angled 45 degrees towards the gum line to ensure nowhere is missed.
  • Be careful to brush right down to the gum level as this is where most plaque builds up.

Flossing Technique:

Step 1 - Use a ruler length piece of floss, wind floss around your middle fingers to keep it taut. Then place the floss over the tips of your first fingers to reach your back teeth

Step 2 - Floss your top front teeth by placing it over the tip of one finger and one thumb

Step 3 - Ease the floss between your teeth with a gentle sawing action and then clean with an up and down movement, ensuring you curve the floss round each side of each tooth and place the floss slightly below the gum line.

Mouthwashes:

Few people have such a thorough brushing and flossing routine that they would not benefit from the use of mouthwash. An excellent daily mouthwash can help eliminate food debris and bacteria that has not all been removed by brushing and flossing and can be very effective at combating bad breath.

Other mouthwashes are particularly helpful in preventing decay in those prone to recurrent problems or in treating acute gum infections when necessary.

Tongue Cleaning:

Tongue cleaning is an important part of your oral hygiene and fresh breath program. The back of the tongue is a reservoir for organisms that cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. A tongue cleaner can be used to gently sweep this substance away to reduce the bacteria in your mouth and freshen your breath, alongside a retardex oral spray and mouth rinse.

Products:

We stock an extensive range of dental care products. Each item has been carefully rated, and we will be happy to advise on the best product for you. Here is a small selection.

Hygienist Appointment:

We offer a number of different hygiene fresh breath packages. With the best will in the world it is still difficult to eradicate plaque and prevent the build up of tartar completely. We strongly recommend visiting the hygienist for a professional dental cleaning session every 3 to 6 months. If you have had porcelain veneers or crown and bridgework you will need to attend our hygienist at least twice a year to extend your guarantee to up to 5 years.

The combination of food and bacteria in your mouth can cause decay, gum disease and bad breath.

It would be a great pity to suffer gum recession, or to lose teeth through gum disease because of long-term neglect to oral hygiene. It would equally be a shame to compromise the effect of an attractive smile with bad breath even in the short term.

Follow these daily steps to maintain a healthy mouth, fresh breath and to maximise the longevity of your smile.