Sensitive teeth? Bleeding gums? Worried about gum disease? Do you have loose teeth?
Good oral hygiene is quite simply the cornerstone of dental health! Without it the aesthetics of your teeth and gums will be compromised and may deteriorate. If oral hygiene is inadequate no dental treatment can be optimised and many treatments will fail. Good hygiene is the first step towards that smile you’ve always dreamt of.
Prevention is better than cure.
At Orangefield Dental Care we take hygiene very, very seriously. Our pledge to you:
- We will check your gums at every check up appointment.
- We will make you aware of any deficiencies in oral hygiene during subsequent appointments.
- We will work with you to improve your level of hygiene so that you can be the best that you can be.
If you have signs of gum disease we will offer you a referral to our dedicated hygienist or therapist for:
- A detailed check of your gums if necessary
- Advice on how to minimise your risk of gum disease (see top tips)
- Treatment for your gums
- Reviews at periods personalised specifically to you
Did you know that inadequate hygiene is a major cause of sensitive teeth?
If plaque is allowed to build up around the gum line it can cause your body to over react to the bacteria present in the plaque. This can result in your gums receding which exposes the more sensitive part of your teeth.
Top Tips for meticulous oral hygiene
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day with a toothpaste containing at least 1400 ppm (parts per million) Fluoride
- Brush with an electric toothbrush. They are proven to remove more plaque than manual
- After brushing spit out excess toothpaste but don’t rinse
- Brush last thing before sleeping and only have plain still water at your bedside
- Use interdental brushes between your teeth after brushing
- If the smallest interdental brushes do not fit between your teeth floss is still the boss!
- Smoking significantly increases your risk and severity of gum disease. We’d love to help you to stop
- Mouthwash can be a useful addition to brushing and interdental cleaning but is no alternative. If you want to add mouthwash to your routine use it before brushing or after meals
- Your diet has a profound effect on your general health and cancer risk. Are you eating your 5+ fruit and veg per day?
- High blood pressure? Diabetes? Your general health can put you at increased risk of gum disease. General lifestyle changes can benefit your oral health