How can you improve your Dental Hygiene?
The importance of having a good oral hygiene routine is so great that we have decided to give you a helping hand.
Did you know that bacteria builds up to 20 million in just 5 hours!??! This is why it is so very important to brush your teeth twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste thoroughly.
Periodontal disease and tooth decay are the leading cause in tooth loss in adults and children. The majority of older adults have tooth loss and gum loss. Regular dental checkups are vital in keeping your teeth and gums in tip top shape and not to mention regularly checking for oral diseases such as cancer early is so important.
18 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every day! What we eat and drink plays a massive part in our dental health.
Did you know that people who tend to drink 3 or more fizzy drinks in 1 day are 62% more likely to have tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than a person who does not?
It is also very important how we brush our teeth.
You are always being told to brush for 2 minutes twice per day but did you know that each tooth has 5 surfaces? Yes 5!! This means not just brushing the parts you can visibly see to the naked eye. The back teeth which we call molars are a vital element in our everyday lives as these are the teeth that help us to chew our food.
These teeth are the biggest in the mouth and some have very deep grooves and these are what we call fissures. It is very important that these fissures be well cleaned as the food just loves to sit in these and left unattended they will definitely turn into decay which will then require a filling. Likewise, it is also important to make sure our gums are healthy, as ultimately without strong healthy gums we wouldn’t have the base to keep our teeth in our mouths.
So making sure we remove all the plaque buildup every day is key! Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats our teeth if you don’t brush them properly. This contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Effective tooth brushing will stop this plaque from building up. We recommend that you change your tooth brush or attachment every 3 months, never share your tooth brush with someone else as this can spread infections and to clean in-between your teeth with an interdental aid. These come in different forms and your dentist will be able to tell you which is best for you.
Flossing or using TePe brushes daily will reduce your risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease significantly. Most patients ask us is it better to use an electric toothbrush or a manual. Most dentists will tell you an electric toothbrush is better and the reason for this is quite simple. Most electric toothbrushes on the market have been carefully designed to help you brush your teeth for the correct amount of time and they can even tell you where to brush.
Manual toothbrushes are perfectly fine but if you would like to know the best brushing technique you could always pop along to see one of our lovely dentists! Dr Pavlova or Dr Pal. Dr Pal has a keen interest in gum disease and has undergone many courses in this field. He thoroughly enjoys carrying out periodontal treatments for patients and is currently undergoing a sedation course in London for those patients that just need a little reassurance.
If you would like to take us up on this great offer during August and September then give us a call on 01527874537 or alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to help!