On any list of oral healthcare we will always put prevention at the top. Regular visits with a hygienist play a vital role in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
At City Bridge we feel it is vital to educate our patients to have the skills and knowledge to prevent deterioration of their oral hygiene prior to treatment, and to look after their newly restored teeth and gums as effectively as possible. This treatment is usually carried out by one of our hygienists.
Regular visits with a hygienist play a vital role in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Hygienists are also very important in motivating younger patients to adopt good habits early in life, which can help prevent a lifetime of dental treatment.
You can do a lot to help yourself and the hygienist, as you are the one who looks after your mouth in between visits to the practice. Your hygienist will have shown you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. They will also have shown you how to clean between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes, floss or tape. There are many oral care products you can get, including specialist toothpastes, electric or ‘power’ toothbrushes, and mouthwashes. Your hygienist will recommend those that are best for you.
We recommend that you follow three simple steps to help keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
- cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
Cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet, and the number of times that you eat during the day, can help to reduce decay. Your hygienist can help you by looking at your decay problem and your diet, and by making some recommendations for you to consider.
Chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes after meals can also help to prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which cancels out the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating.
Call 01962 852737 to see how we can help you with your dental hygiene.