Oral Hygiene

Cleaner, Healthier, Happier Teeth at Belmore Dental Implant Clinic

What is oral and dental hygiene?

Oral and dental hygiene is a fancy way of referring to keeping your mouth healthy and clean by using regular and correct brushing and flossing routines and techniques. Regular brushing and flossing help to stop plaque, a sticky film of bacteria from forming on the teeth, which left there can lead to dental decay and gum disease.

What is a dental hygienist and why are hygiene visits important?

A dental hygienist is a dental surgery cleaning expert, and their job is to remove all the hard materials which attach themselves to your teeth which you cannot remove at home with regular brushing and flossing. They also give help and support to patients on how to brush teeth, use floss and maintain the best oral health at home between dental cleaning visits.

A dental hygienist does many other things as well;

  • They can give dietary advice

  • Giving smoking cessation advice and support

  • Providing fissure sealants to children to protect their teeth from dental decay

  • Treating periodontal disease

  • Giving injections to ensure a pain-free experience

  • Replacing dislodged fillings

  • Taking X-rays.

What is Periodontal disease?

​When plaque and bacteria is left on the teeth and gums it can cause the gums to become inflamed, sore, bleed during brushing, and eventually, it can cause the teeth become loose, this is known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is preventable with proper cleaning of the teeth and gums. However, once it occurs, it cannot be cured, but the good news is that it can be controlled with a good home care routine and regular cleanings.

How often should I have a hygienist cleaning?

For most people a with healthy teeth and gums a visit every six months should be fine, but if there is evidence of gum disease visits may be required every two to three months. Out dental hygienist can evaluate the condition of your gums and advise how often you should have a professional dental cleaning.

What are the benefits of good dental hygiene?

  • A healthy-looking mouth

  • Clean teeth.

  • Pink gums that do not hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing.

  • Fresh Breath

Good dental and oral hygiene can also improve the quality of your life by preserving speech and eating functions, as teeth will last longer and one can avoid the embarrassment of bad breath or missing or unsightly teeth.

How can I tell if I have poor oral health?

  • Painful or bleeding gums.

  • Bad breath.

  • Yellow staining on the teeth.

  • Gaps between teeth or loose teeth.

Is there anything else I can do to ensure good dental health?

  • Antiseptic mouthwashes - Use after brushing and flossing to kill bacteria, and bad breath.

  • Fluoride use - Fluoride protects and strengthens your teeth by binding with enamel.

Healthy eating for healthy teeth

Eating a proper diet plays a significant role in ensuring great dental health. You should make sure that your diet includes foods from all the main food groups: Milk products, Meat, Fish and fruits, and vegetables.

Foods that you should avoid:

  • Foods with a high sugar such as sweets and cakes.

  • Acidic drinks

  • Sticky foods