Our gums are the foundations of our teeth and without strong foundations eventually the teeth above will become damaged and may be lost. Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss. 4 out of 5 people have some gum disease, which is a very worrying fact.
Dental hygiene and the importance of regular visits to your dentist or hygienist are often overlooked or even forgotten about, but it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums as part of your overall healthcare regimen. Our staff of dental hygienists at The Face Space in Monmouth, have the knowledge, experience, and training needed to keep your smile bright, white, and healthy! Here’s what you need to know about dental hygiene and the service we provide.
Our hygienists are 100% dedicated to maintaining the health of your gums and educating you on how to look after them at home. Many people think that tooth brushing is enough but we know as dental professions that in fact it is the plaque that isn’t removed by your toothbrush that causes damage to your teeth and gums.
Dental hygiene is not only important to remove the hardened plaque but also to monitor which parts of the mouth the plaque is affecting most and therefore you can be given a tailored cleaning regime using the right tools to ensure that these areas are being targeted most. This expert advice is vitally important to avoid gum disease.
If you have never seen a Hygienist you will not have had the dedicated time required to remove all of the hardened plaque and to have received the correct amount of education to prevent any problems in the future.
Dental hygiene is necessary for healthy teeth and gums because it prevents tooth decay and gum disease. If left unchecked, both tooth decay and gum disease can lead to worse health conditions in the mouth. They may lead to the onset of painful or unpleasant symptoms. In the most serious cases, teeth may be lost, bone deterioration can occur, and bacteria can move from the teeth to other parts of the mouth. By getting good dental hygiene habits in place, one can reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease by lowering the levels of bacteria in the mouth. Taking care of dental hygiene has several other benefits aside from cosmetics. It makes future issues easier to handle if they do arise, meaning that dental hygiene can also be thought of as a form of long-term care for your teeth, facial structure, and bone mass.
Consult with a dentist if you have any of these issues or observe your child having trouble chewing or experiencing pain:
If you are experiencing any of these signs, book an appointment with your local dentist to get examined and ask for advice to prevent problems and infections in the future.
Dental hygienists are focused primarily on preventive dental health and the treatment of gum disease – including aiding you in performing dental self-care and removing plaque and tartar from your teeth (known as a scale and polish or prophylaxis). Although they’re generally intended to show you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque, perhaps their most important function is to show you how to maintain healthy teeth. Plaque is a sticky coating that continuously accumulates on teeth. On top of educating you about the appropriate way to maintain your oral health, the hygienist may also work with you and your dentist to develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
During your dental appointment, your hygienist will begin by carrying out a routine examination before carrying out a process called scaling and polishing. They will then:
Your dental hygienist can also provide you with dietary tips that prevent tooth decay. If they see signs of gum disease, they will refer you to a dentist or periodontist.
To maintain good oral health, we recommend the following three steps:
Step 1: You should brush your teeth two times each day – the first in the morning when you wake up and the second one before bedtime – and use fluoride toothpaste.
Step 2: Limit the number of sugary foods and drinks you consume.
Step 3: Make sure you visit your dentist regularly, ideally, every 6 months.
Cutting back on the amount of sugar in your diet and the number of times you eat throughout the day can help prevent tooth decay. Your hygienist can give you recommendations about what to do for your particular situation. Munching on sugar-free gum after meals can also help you stave off tooth decay. Chewing gum stimulates your mouth to produce more saliva, which counteracts the acid created in your mouth after eating and drinking.
Your dentist may recommend that you visit the hygienist every 6 months, but how often will depend on your clinical needs and your own preference. Your dentist may also advise you to see a hygienist for a complete clean before having a major procedure such as dental implants.
When used together with proper brushing and flossing, mouthwashes may help keep your teeth clean and protect against cavities, sensitive teeth, and bad breath. Speak to your dentist about the best option for you. For people with gingivitis or dry mouth, twice-daily rinses are recommended. Children aged six and under should not use mouthwash to avoid the risk of them swallowing it.
Yes, although your teeth will often feel clean enough that you won’t want to brush them, you should try to avoid stain-inducing products for a full two hours after that, including tea, coffee, red wine or cigarettes.