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Oral Hygiene in Enniskillen

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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.

Over time, a build-up of plaque can develop on the teeth, if left untreated this can lead to tartar build-up, gum disease and staining. Regular appointments with your dental hygienist are vitally important to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene can go as far as to 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

What is a dental hygienist and why should I be visiting one regularly?

A hygienist is a dental professional whose area of expertise is the cleaning and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Their job involves removing all of the hard materials which attach themselves to your teeth which you cannot remove yourself at home with regular brushing and flossing. They also give help and support on how to brush your teeth, use floss and maintain the best oral health at home between professional cleaning visits.

A dental hygienist also does many other things:

  • Giving dietary advice to support healthy teeth and gums
  • Giving smoking cessation advice and support
  • Providing fissure sealants to children to protect their teeth from dental decay
  • Treating gum disease and periodontal disease
  • Giving injections to ensure a pain-free experience
  • Taking X-rays

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when gum disease reaches an advanced stage, at this stage the gums have usually become inflamed, sore, bleed during brushing and can cause the teeth to become loose. Periodontal disease if preventable from regular tooth brushing and flossing. Once periodontal disease has occurred it cannot be cured, it can however be stopped and controlled with regular professional cleanings and a good home care routine. If you'd like to know more about this please click here

How often should I visit the hygienist?

For most people 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 on a more regular basis, most likely every three months. Your hygienist will assess the condition of your gums and advise how regularly you will require professional cleaning.

Perio-Flow - Air Polishing & Stain Removal Treatment

At Belmore Dental we always aim to stay at the forefront of modern dentistry, offering a state of the art 'Perio-flow' Air polishing service to enhance your dental hygiene experience. Air polishing is a gentle yet highly effective treatment that offers a far superior clean to that of a regular scale and polish. If staining of the teeth is something which you suffer from then it is likely our Perio-flow treatment will become a firm favourite.

Aside from the aesthetic benefits, as a practice that provides and care for patients with dental implants, Perio-flow is an important treatment for maintaining implant health. Perio-flow is also a treatment that has revolutionised the way that we care for those suffering from gum disease.

What are the benefits of good oral hygiene?

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine has many advantages. Some of the more obvious benefits would include a clean healthy looking mouth, clean teeth, pink gums that don't bleed or hurt when brushing or flossing and fresh breath. However, good oral health has many other less well-known benefits including lowered risk of health complications such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. Overall, taking care to maintain good oral hygiene will result in a healthier mouth and a healthier body!

What are some warning signs that I might have poor oral health?

  • Pain or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Staining of the teeth
  • Loosening of the teeth or gaps forming in between

What else can I do to ensure I have good oral health?

  • Using an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing and flossing to kill any leftover bacteria and bad breath
  • Fluoride will protect and strengthen your teeth by binding with enamel, choosing a toothpaste with a good fluoride content will help.
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet, avoiding high sugar foods, sticky food and fizzy or acidic drinks.