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Dental hygiene

Dental Hygiene is the practice of keeping your mouth clean and healthy by using the correct techniques to brush your teeth and good flossing routines. By keeping to a good routine it will prevent the formation of plaque which is the sticky film made of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If left this layer of plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

The treatment focuses on the prevention of disease and feels the hygienist is a key part of keeping your mouth healthy’ clean and beautiful.

What are the benefits of good dental hygiene?

A healthy-looking and odorless mouth, which comprises of:

  • Clean teeth.
  • Pink gums that do not bleed while brushing or flossing and do not hurt.
  • No Bad breath.

What are the signs of poor dental hygiene?

  • Bleeding or painful gums.
  • Bad breath.
  • Stains on the teeth.
  • Teeth that start to become loose or gaps starting to appear between teeth.

What are the effects of poor oral hygiene?

  • Bad breath, holes in the teeth, and the gum gets irritated.
  • Plaque if left on the teeth has bacteria that when exposed to sugar break this down to produce an acid. The acid erodes the tooth enamel and after a period of time, this can lead to a hole in the tooth surface. This cavity and decay disturbs the gum, causes bad breath, and if left can cause a hole in the center of the tooth. In very bad cases this can lead to the tooth being so rotten it has to be removed but in most cases, the dentist can fill or crown the tooth.

What are the potential consequences of improper oral hygiene?

  • Gingivitis. This is the first part of gum disease, signs of which are….
    Swollen gums.
    Bleeding during brushing and flossing
    If treated with visits to the dentist and hygienist, it is reversible. If ignored, it can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.
  • Periodontitis. This is advanced gum disease, causing loss of bone holding the tooth in position, so will lead to loose teeth and eventually the removal of these teeth.
    The loss of bone is not reversible but the condition can be halted to prevent further worsening of the condition. Once again this is with regular hygiene visits to clean the teeth and maintenance of this with home care.
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