Dental hygiene is extremely important and our hygienist is on hand to offer advice to help take care of your teeth and gums. Good dental hygiene habits contribute to good oral and general health. If you allow plaque to collect in your mouth and on the surfaces of your teeth, it may harden and turn into tartar, which clings to the enamel and is very difficult to remove. Once plaque has turned into tartar, bacteria can get under the gum line and cause pain and soreness.
Our dental hygienist will ensure that your mouth is clean and free from plaque and tartar. We also offer tips and information about dental hygiene and provide tailor-made care programmes, which are designed to prevent oral health problems and ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible.
Dental hygiene tips:
Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth and make them more resistant to decay and using fluoride toothpaste will help to reduce the risk of cavities developing. Using mouthwash on a regular basis is also advisable, as it helps to remove traces of bacteria and food deposits and keep breath smelling fresh and clean. If you have children make sure that they use children’s toothpaste, as the fluoride content in adult toothpaste is too high for young children.
Brush and floss twice a day
You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, as brushing helps to remove food deposits and prevents plaque from clinging to the surfaces of the teeth. Electric toothbrushes are easier to use and remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Always try to reach into the corners of your mouth and don’t forget to brush along the gum line. Flossing is also important because it targets the areas that are commonly missed during brushing, such as the tiny cracks between the teeth.
Clean your tongue
This may sound a little odd but your tongue actually harbours a lot of bacteria, which is a major cause of bad breath. You can use your brush to gently clean your tongue or buy a special tongue scraper.
Hygiene services at Time Dental are a staple of beautiful, healthy looking smiles, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.