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The role of dental hygiene in oral health prevention

Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile beautiful. They can also tell your dentist a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be at risk of gum disease or tooth decay.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we believe that prevention is better than cure and for this reason, we urge our patients to visit us at least twice a year. Recent research suggests that the health of our mouth mirrors the condition of our body as a whole. Poor oral health is related to conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.

Dental Hygiene in BerkshireBrush and floss every single day

Brushing for at least two minutes every day is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gum disease and other oral infections. Proper brushing can clean your teeth and gums effectively. Be sure to use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and replace it every three to four months. Flossing, on the other hand, removes plaque and food under the gum line and between the teeth that cannot be removed by a regular toothbrush.

Nothing beats a professional cleaning

Even if you are brushing and flossing every day, it is not sufficient to help you keep on top of your oral health. Only a dentist can remove the plaque from your teeth completely and reduce the likelihood of gum disease or tooth decay. Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria and can significantly affect your overall health and well-being. Your dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly, inspect your gums and look for signs of decay or gum disease. They will then clean your teeth thoroughly and polish them. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, it is even more important to visit the dentist.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

To prevent oral health issues, practicing good oral hygiene is very important. Regular dental visits, brushing regularly, flossing and watching what you eat are all important steps in preventing dental disease and keeping you in good health. To learn more about dental hygiene in Berkshire, contact us today.

Prevention is always better than cure

Dental hygiene is at the root of everything we do here at Old Windsor Dental in Berkshire.

We see this as the very foundation of preventive dentistry, because poor oral hygiene leads to the build-up of plaque. This sticky substance clings to the teeth and harbours bacteria. The bacteria, though harmless in themselves, feed on the sugars in our food and drink, and then excrete acids, which start to dissolve the enamel of the teeth only 20 minutes after eating or drinking.

dental-hygiene-in-BerkshireHoles in the tooth enamel allow the inside of the tooth; the dentine and the pulp, to start to decay, and that can lead to infection, possible tooth abscesses, and then all sorts of dental work, such as tooth extraction and false teeth. This is why we are so keen that all our patients attend regular appointments for dental hygiene.

When you come to see our dental hygienist, Elaine Morgan, she will inspect your teeth thoroughly to see how much plaque needs to be removed, and if there any other risks that you need to be made aware of. Then, she will scale and polish your teeth. Once your teeth are clean and shiny again, you will be shown how best to brush, how to use floss and also how to use inter dental brushes.

Visits to the hygienist are especially important if you have crowns, bridges or dental implants, which require special care if you want them to last,to keep them clean and free of stuck food, which can greatly encourage the build-up of plaque.

Elaine has been working in dentistry since 1990, and has been working in dental hygiene in Berkshire at our practice since 2000. There isn’t much Elaine doesn’t know about dental hygiene, so please feel free to ask her anything you like. It is far better to ask what may seem like stupid questions than to lose a tooth to avoidable decay and infection.

We recommend patients to come in for appointments for dental hygiene twice a year. We are open all week and also on Saturdays, to make it easier for those in full-time work to book an appointment.