Visiting the dentist and hygienist
Regular dental checkups help you keep your teeth healthy - we will be able to detect any problems early and provide advice and treatment. The amount of time between checkups varies depending on the person - we will advise you depending on your circumstances.
We also advise regular checkups with the hygienist for a scale and polish. This is a deep clean of the teeth which removes tartar (hardened plaque) which can not be removed by brushing or flossing alone. This will help your dental hygiene and make your teeth look and feel fantastic.
Looking after your teeth
In order to have healthy teeth you should...
- Eat healthily
- Cut down on sugar
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Visit the hygienist regularly for a scale & polish
- Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup
How to brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth is the best way to remove plaque and should be done at least twice a day.
If you'd like us to help you or your child develop an effective brushing technique then just ask! We can help you.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste to protect against decay
- Use a toothbrush with a small head and synthetic bristles
- Choose a toothbrush that allows you to remove plaque comfortably and effectively. Most people choose a medium-bristled toothbrush.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly.
- Find a technique that works for you - consider an up-and-down stroke, small circles or a back-and-forth stroke
- Start at one side of the mouth and move to the other side, making sure all tooth surfaces are covered
- Brush the inside of your teeth as well as the outside
- Pay attention to the gumline - angling the bristles into the area where the gums meet the teeth
How to clean between your teeth
Plaque and food particles need to be removed from inbetween the teeth and under the gumline, and this can't be done by brushing alone. Dental floss or inter-dental brushes are needed in order to clean in these places. Correct technique is important here, so ask us for advice if you're unsure.
Mouthwashes can help to prevent decay, and some antiseptic mouthwashes can reduce plaque bacteria and prevent gum disease. We recommend Corsodyl.