Prevention is at the heart of everything we do. We want to help you keep your teeth for life. Our hygienists focus on improving and maintaining the condition of your teeth and gums, as well as offering treatments ranging from relief from tooth sensitivity and flouride treatments to tooth sealants and fresh breath treatments. All treatment packages are designed to help you be more confident and feel better about the long-term condition of your teeth. Having a clean mouth is important. In addition to being healthy, it gives you a fresher breath and a nicer smile. When you eat, bits of food, some too small for you to see, remain in your mouth. They feed bacteria that grow in a sticky film on your teeth. This film, called plaque, is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing your teeth after meals not only gets rid of the food particles that you can see, it removes plaque from your teeth. Using a fluoride toothpaste is important because the fluoride can help kill bacteria, as well as making your teeth stronger.
Ask your Dentist to recommend the best toothbrush for you and your requirements. Generally, a brush with soft, end-rounded or polished bristles is less likely to injure gum tissue. The size and shape of the brush should allow you to reach every tooth. Children may need smaller brushes than those designed for adults. Remember, worn-out toothbrushes can not properly clean your teeth and may injure your gums and always replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under your gumline, from areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Because tooth decay and periodontal disease often start in these areas, it is important to clean them thoroughly on a daily basis. Flossing is a skill that needs to be learned so don't be discouraged if you find it difficult at first. With practice, you will find that flossing takes only a few minutes of your time each day.
How often should you see your Dentist?
If possible, you should visit your Dentist every six months for a preventive check-up and a thorough clean. Infants should start to visit a Dentist at about 12 months of age.