Dental hygiene is crucial for maintaining good oral health and overall well-being. Here are some key reasons why dental hygiene is so important:
Prevention of Dental Issues: Regular oral care, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups, helps prevent common dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
Gum Disease Prevention: Proper dental hygiene is essential in preventing gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. These conditions can lead to serious complications if left untreated, including tooth loss and potential systemic health issues.
Cavity Prevention: Brushing and flossing help remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Proper dental hygiene practices reduce the risk of developing cavities and the need for dental fillings or other restorative treatments.
Fresh Breath: Regular brushing and flossing help eliminate bacteria and food particles that can cause bad breath. Maintaining good oral hygiene contributes to fresher breath!
Systemic Health Connection: There is growing evidence suggesting a link between oral health and overall health. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with various systemic conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and respiratory issues.
Prevention of Tooth Loss: By taking care of your teeth and gums, you can reduce the risk of tooth loss. Gum diseases, in particular, can lead to the destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth, resulting in tooth mobility and eventual loss.
Aesthetic Benefits: Good dental hygiene helps maintain a brighter smile, as stained and damaged teeth can affect the appearance of teeth.
Saves Money: Preventive dental care is often more cost-effective than treating advanced dental problems. Regular check-ups and cleanings can catch issues early, reducing the need for expensive dental procedures.
Improved Overall Well-being: Oral health is an integral part of overall well-being. Pain and discomfort from dental issues can negatively impact a person’s quality of life, affecting their ability to eat, speak, and engage in daily activities.
Maintaining proper dental hygiene is essential for preventing dental problems, supporting overall health, and achieving a confident smile. Regular dental check-ups, along with daily oral care practices, play a crucial role in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Here are our tips for staying on top of your dental hygiene:
- Sign up to our dental membership – our dental membership makes it easier for you to stay on top of your dental hygiene. It takes the worry out of check-up and hygiene appointments, as you can break down the cost of these routine appointments into regular monthly payments. As well as the regular appointments, our membership also includes other benefits such as worldwide dental cover, discounts and more.
- Use an electric toothbrush – Electric toothbrushes can be more effective for maintaining oral hygiene than manual ones for several reasons. Firstly, many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers, ensuring that you brush for the recommended two minutes. Additionally, the oscillating or rotating movements of electric toothbrush bristles can provide more thorough and consistent cleaning compared to manual brushing. This helps remove plaque and bacteria more efficiently, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Some electric toothbrush models also offer pressure sensors to prevent excessive force during brushing, preventing potential damage to the gums and enamel. Overall, the technology and features of electric toothbrushes contribute to a more effective and convenient oral hygiene routine. Our hygienist recommends avoiding scrubbing movements while using an electric toothbrush.
- Brush for the full 2 minutes – split your mouth into four quarters, and spend 30 seconds on each section of the mouth.
- Make sure you clean between the teeth every single day – this will depend on the size of the gaps, if they’re really tight together then use floss, for slightly larger spaces, a teepee brush is fine.
- Ensure you just spit, don’t rinse. Try to avoid water afterwards as this can wash away the concentrated fluoride left on your teeth, reducing its effectiveness in strengthening enamel and preventing cavities. For children, we recommend lightly rinsing, to avoid swallowing excess toothpaste.
- Ensure you use a fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride is a natural mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and strengthens tooth enamel.
To schedule a check-up and hygiene appointment, you can easily do so online, or by calling the practice on: 01293 428342.