By coming into the practice for regular hygienist appointments, you can minimise the build-up of plaque and tartar, and treat or even prevent the onset of gum disease. Our hygienist can also give you cleaning advice and diet advice in relation to your oral health.
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A dental hygienist is an important part of the dental team – someone who has been extensively trained in preventative dental health and treating gum disease. Our hygienist can help to show you correct home care, give you advice about your diet in relation to your oral health, and help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
When it comes to cleaning our teeth, we all fall into bad habits from time to time. Small adjustments to your dental hygiene routine or changes to your diet may make a big difference in terms of protecting your teeth and gums from disease. The hygienist can advise you about those areas that are likely to suffer and how to prevent disease from affecting those areas that are missed when cleaning.
To ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, we would recommend that you:
When you eat sugar, it reacts with the bacteria in plaque to form an acid that attacks the teeth and destroys the tooth enamel. Over a period of time, repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down, forming a hole or ‘cavity’ in the dentine underneath. Once the dentine has been penetrated, a tooth will decay more quickly.
Sugar is one of the main causes of dental erosion and decay. To help protect your teeth from the acid attacks caused by eating sugar, we recommend that you reduce your intake and confine sugary food and drinks to your main meal times.
The tables below give you some idea of the sugar content in your favourite drinks. It’s easy to see how sugar consumption can mount up.
Our hygienist can recommend a toothbrush that is suitable for you. Generally speaking, adults should choose a small- to medium-sized brush head with soft to medium round-ended nylon bristles. The head of your toothbrush should be small enough to reach all parts of your mouth, including your back teeth. Children need to use smaller brushes with the same type of bristles.
If you have sensitive teeth, you may prefer a toothbrush with softer bristles, while a smaller-headed toothbrush is ideal if you have crooked or irregular teeth. If you find a toothbrush difficult to hold because you have a physical disability that affects your grip, you may prefer a toothbrush with a large handle and angled head.
Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes with heads that rotate in both directions are more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush.
Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth and then tilt the bristle tips against your gum line at a 45-degree angle. Now move your toothbrush in small circular movements several times on the outer surface of each tooth on your upper and lower jaws, always keeping the bristles angled against your gum line.
Repeat this process, but on the inside surfaces of your teeth. To clean the backs of your top front teeth, tilt your toothbrush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the top half of your brush.
Finally, brush the biting surfaces of your teeth before brushing your tongue to help remove any bacteria that reside there.
Every person is different – if you’re someone who’s prone to gum disease or plaque build-up, we may suggest that you see our hygienist every three months. If your gums are generally healthy, you may only need a hygienist appointment once or twice a year. You probably won’t need cleaning & diet advice at every appointment, but the hygienist is always there to answer your questions.
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Last updated on Tuesday 21st May 2019