We all know how important it is to look after the gums and soft tissues of the mouth as well as our teeth. You cannot build a house on unstable foundations, and the same is true for dental work. If you are due to undergo any restorative dental treatment it is essential that your gums are in good health.
Our skilled team of dental hygienists in Chelmsford are able to provide routine and deep cleaning services at the prescription of your dentist. When you attend for a check-up your dentist will be able to advise as to whether you would benefit from a hygiene appointment and how frequently you should attend. Please remember that seeing one of our Chelmsford hygienists is not a substitute for a regular dental check-up.
Hygiene appointments can help to remove tough stains from the surface of the teeth that build up as a consequence of diet, smoking and chlorhexidine mouth rinses.
The Symptoms of Poor Oral Hygiene
Poor oral hygiene can result in a number of distressing and sometimes embarrassing outcomes:
- Bad breath;
- Swollen and sore gums;
- Bleeding gums when brushing and eating;
- Visible build-up of plaque and tartar on the mouth;
- Stained teeth;
- Stained and furry tongue;
- Loose teeth;
- Receding gums;
- Tooth sensitivity;
- Tooth decay;
- Infections and dental abscesses.
Regular visits with one of our Chelmsford dental hygienists for oral hygiene advice and cleaning can help to avoid these signs and symptoms from developing.
How to Brush Your Teeth Properly
90% of the work in looking after your teeth and gums is up to you at home. When you are brushing remember that there are five surfaces to every tooth so make sure that you manage to capture them all when cleaning, these are:
- Outer surfaces
- Inner surfaces
- Chewing surfaces
- 2x interdental surfaces
A combination of electric or manual toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste and some form of interdental cleaning (interdental brushes, floss, water flossers or floss sticks) using the correct technique will help to maintain good oral hygiene.
Cleaning your teeth is not a skill that you are born with. It may feel like you are back in primary school to be told how to brush your teeth correctly, but we could all do with a little tuition from time to time to ensure that we are looking after our teeth to the best of our ability. Here are some hints and tips as well as some useful videos that we have found to help you.
How to clean your teeth:
You are not born knowing how to brush your teeth. Like any skill it requires an understanding of good technique and practice to perfect this. Good oral hygiene practices in combination with regular check-ups and maintenance with a hygienist will assure your oral health in the long run.
Here are some useful videos to show you how to make the most of your time spent cleaning your teeth.
Cleaning with a manual toothbrush
Cleaning with an electric toothbrush
How to treat bleeding gums at home
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