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Importance of Dental Hygiene 

Plaque containing bacteria is always building up on teeth and along the gum line. This plaque must be removed or it can harden into tartar and can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. It is important to brush and floss teeth daily to remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up inside the mouth. However, a big factor in maintaining proper oral health is also regularly visiting the dentist for professional dental hygiene visits.

Dental Hygiene Visits 

When you come to the dentist for a dental hygiene visit, our dentist will clean, polish and examine your teeth. They will also go over any suggestions for improving dental hygiene routines at home. The dentist will also evaluate your teeth and gums, review any x-rays taken, conduct an oral cancer screening, and will make any recommendations for additional treatments that may be necessary. These dental hygiene visits are an important part of your dental health and can go a long way towards preventing the need for additional dental work in the future, such as procedures required to fill cavities, handle tooth loss, or correct gum problems.

flossing

Flossing:

Floss removes plaque and debris that adhere to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces and controls bad breath. By flossing your teeth daily, you increase the chances of keeping your teeth a lifetime and decrease your chance of having periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay.

How to floss your teeth

Take an 18-inch piece of floss and wind the bulk of the floss lightly around the middle finger. Wind the rest of the floss similarly around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger takes up the floss as it becomes soiled or frayed. Maneuver the floss between teeth with your index fingers and thumbs. Don’t pull it down hard against your gums or you will hurt them.  Floss at least once a day. To give your teeth a good flossing, spend at least two or three minutes.

Interdental Brushes

An interdental brush is a small type of brush which can be held between the fingers and the thumb. It comes in a range of different sizes and is great at reaching those areas of your teeth which your normal toothbrush cannot. No toothbrush alone can thoroughly clean the edge of the gum line, particularly between the teeth in the interdental spaces. However, it is precisely plaque between the teeth that has such an influence on oral health and hygiene, and ultimately tooth retention.

This is not designed to replace a normal toothbrush; it is there to complement it as well as being a part of your dental hygiene routine

How to use Interdental Brush

Step 1:
Place the interdental brush at the edge of the interproximal space, gently probing to find the angle of entry that allows you to insert the brush without any force.

Step 2:
Without actually inserting the tip, move the angle of the brush to the horizontal.

Step 3:
Insert the brush through the interproximal space til it reaches the other side. Move it back and forth once only. Rinse the brush under running water.

 Fissure Sealants

Sealants are a safe and painless way or protecting your teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.

Which teeth should be sealed?

Sealants are only applied to the back teeth – the molars and premolars. These are the teeth that have pits and fissures on their biting surfaces. The dentist will tell you which teeth should be sealed after  examined them, and checked whether the fissures are deep enough for sealing to help. Some teeth naturally form with deep grooves which will need to be sealed, others with shallow ones which will not need sealing.