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The importance of good dental hygiene

Dental hygiene is vital for your oral health. If you have good dental hygiene, you dramatically reduce your chances of tooth decay, gum disease and infections. Maintaining a healthy mouth is a discipline that involves a few minutes every day, plus some time each year at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire.

Dental Hygiene in BerkshireYour daily dental hygiene routine

A good routine is vital to the health of your teeth. You need to get a good soft-bristled brush; it’s up to you whether you use a manual brush or an electric one. Modern electric brushes time your brushing into 4 30-second sections to help you do the correct amount of brushing. Whichever kind of brush you choose, you need to brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps mineralise your teeth against decay.

Don’t forget to also clean your tongue, either with a toothbrush or with a tongue scraper.

Have a good rinse and, once a day, finish off by flossing around each tooth. You need to use a sawing motion along the sides of the tooth and up under the edges of the gum. You are trying to remove plaque as well as any trapped food. Some people also use interdental brushes for this.

Some people also like to finish with a mouthwash.

Your twice-yearly visit to the hygienist

As diligent as you are with your routine, you will never be able to get rid of all the plaque. The hygienist does this for you using special tools designed to also remove plaque that has hardened into a chalk-like substance called tartar or calculus. After the hygienist has removed all the plaque and tartar, they will polish your teeth with a special paste. This acts to shine up the surfaces of the teeth so that plaque will find it harder to cling to them.

Your hygienist can also give you tips on brushing your teeth. The methods are different depending on what type of toothbrush you are using. You can also find out more about when to brush and what types of toothpaste are best for your teeth.

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.