Our hygienists work closely with the dentists to carry out professional cleaning of the teeth. Their role is centred around preventing gum disease and tooth decay by:
- Removing plaque and tartar deposits above and below the gums
- Polishing teeth
- Educating and showing you techniques to keep your teeth clean at home in order to reduce future build up of plaque and tartar
- Recommending products that can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Together with the dentist we aim to prevent dental disease in order to preserve your natural teeth with minimal intervention.
Good brushing and flossing practices
Brushing and flossing daily helps to prevent decay and gum disease.
Brushing your teeth and gums thoroughly should be performed at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes.
- Use a soft bristled tooth brush or an electric toothbrush with a fluoridated toothpaste
- For the outside and inside surfaces of the teeth place the bristles at a 45⁰ angle to your gumline and brush in small circles over the tooth and gumline.
- The chewing surface of the tooth can be cleaned with a back and forth scrubbing motion.
- Brush systematically around the mouth spending about 5 seconds on each surface and making sure to cover all surfaces
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles are shaggy or splayed.
Flossing between your teeth should be performed once a day to remove plaque that accumulates between our teeth, underneath the gumline and where the toothbrush cannot reach.
- Wind a 45cm piece of floss around your middle fingers and use your index finger to guide the floss between your teeth OR use a Flosspick (pre threaded floss on a plastic handle).
- Once between the teeth the floss should be used in a vertical up and down motion against the sides of the teeth to scrape off the film of plaque that collects on the tooth surface and remove any food remnants.
- Ensure you floss gently below the surface of the gum.
- Bleeding and tenderness is common especially if flossing is not performed regularly.