The Importance of a clean mouth
Gums and bone are the foundations of a healthy mouth and great smile. With regular visits we can help to ensure that these foundations are healthy and strong and to assist you in caring for your teeth and gums with great home care. Most oral disease is preventable and regular visits will equip you with the knowledge and skills to help keep your breath fresh and your teeth and gums healthy
Your regular check-up and clean visit may consist of:
- Examination of the gums and teeth for signs of disease, decay and wear
- Scaling and polishing of your teeth
- A remineralisation treatment specific to your needs applied directly to your teeth which will help strengthen your teeth’s enamel.
- An oral cancer examination
- Advice on oral hygiene products and techniques such as flossing and brushing
- An individualised oral homecare program that is specific to YOUR needs
Other specific problems or questions we are able to help you with include : -
- Bad Breath
- Food traps and worn down fillings
- Dry Mouth
- Orthodontic Care
- Soft Tissue Management
10 Tips For Looking after your Smile
- Brush and Floss your teeth at least twice daily. Brushing should take at least two minutes.
- Use an electric toothbrush as the brush-head will do the hard work for you allowing you to concentrate on holding it in the correct position.
- If you find flossing is difficult, a floss threader or holder might make a difference. Inter-proximal brushes are also great for cleaning between the teeth.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste with the added ingredient Triclosan, because this has extra antibacterial properties. Colgate Total is a good one.
- Avoid 'grazing' on foods and sipping on drinks that are high in sugar and acid content, as these are two of the main causes of tooth decay.
- Chew sugarless gum after eating as this increases your salivary flow. Your saliva is your body’s natural bacteria fighting mechanism and helps fight off decay producing acids. It contains minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate that help to reverse the damage done to the tooth enamel by plaque acids.
- Staying hydrated will help keep your saliva levels high. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics, which dehydrate your body and lower the saliva’s protective functions.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease, or periodontitis, as well as staining teeth and giving bad breath.
- Wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth when playing contact sports where there is a risk for contact with the head and jaws.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months to prevent problems before they arise