Category: Dental Hygiene

Take the headache out of dental hygiene

There is no getting away from the fact that if you want your teeth to last for a long time, you are going to have to devote a fair bit of time to cleaning them. Not cleaning your teeth properly is at the root of nearly every dental problem, and certainly the big two culprits for tooth loss – decay and gum disease.

Dental hygiene in Bournemouth for kids

Dental Hygiene BournemouthChildren are far more likely to lose their teeth to decay than adults are. This is because they have not yet mastered the skills of teeth cleaning and also because they ingest much more sugar than adults, in the form of snacks and drinks. Sugar feeds the bacteria in our mouths that produce the acids that erode our teeth, creating holes through which decay-causing bacteria can enter.

Our two hygienists at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth can give your children a regular deep clean to stop decay-causing plaque from building up. They can also show your kids how to clean their teeth and make it fun.

If you find it hard to get your kids to stand still long enough while they clean their teeth, you can try buying them a toothbrush with a built-in beeper that goes off after the required two minutes of brushing.

Hygiene for adults

Adults can still get decay, but as we grow older we are far more likely to experience gum disease. This is also caused by bacteria giving off acids. They build up as plaque, and if you don’t brush them away from the gum line, the acids they give off inflame the gums, which become sore and red and can easily start to bleed. When left in place, after about three days, the plaque calcifies into tartar, which still gives off acids, but can only be removed by scraping.

Twice-yearly sessions with our hygienists can help keep gum disease at bay. Miss these and gum disease can erode the bone under the gums, loosening teeth and eventually causing them to fall out.

Special cases

You will probably have to visit the hygienist more often if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • A smoker
  • Diabetic

You also need to be vigilant about gum disease if you have dental implants.

 

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Cleanliness is next to toothliness

Nowhere is bodily hygiene more important than in your mouth. People may get serious about keeping their hair and bodies clean, but evidence suggests that we are better off leaving our beneficial skin bacteria alone for a bit to protect us. That’s not how the mouth works. It too has bacteria living in it, and of themselves, they are quite harmless. It’s what they give off that is the cause of most of the problems you come to the dentist to avoid and fix.

Dental Hygiene in BournemouthIf you want to hang onto your teeth for as long as possible, you need to clean them. You need to do this twice a day for at least two minutes with a soft-medium bristle brush. You need to clean between them with floss and/or interdental brushes and you may also need a mouthwash.

You also need to come to us at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth for check-ups and deep cleaning sessions at least twice a year. We can help remove any bacteria left behind that have hardened into harmful tartar.

What the bacteria do

They hang out in your mouth waiting for you to eat or drink something, then they start to feed on the sugars in whatever you put in your mouth. If whatever you ate was high in sugar (which may not be the same as sweet), those little critters have a feast on their hands. All that food gets them proliferating and that’s when you start to feel a furry, sticky film developing over the surface of your teeth. What you cannot feel, though, is the acids those happy bacteria are giving off after their feast. These acids erode the enamel, causing it to become firstly more porous and then to have holes, through which decay-causing bacteria can get in.

Meanwhile, the bacterial plaque around your gum line irritates your gums, as acid would, and your gums get inflamed, sore and bleed easily when you brush them. They start to pull away from your teeth and plaque can now get in under them and attack your bone.

Both problems eventually end up in tooth loss. Don’t let that happen to you.

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Oral health and dental hygiene in Bournemouth

Your oral hygiene is very important to your oral health. An oral hygienist is responsible for removing plaque from your teeth and gums helping to maintain good oral health. In parallel, regular check-ups with your dentist, including examinations to identify and treat potential dental issues before they escalate, are important for keeping your teeth clean and healthy for longer periods of time.

Dental Hygiene in BournemouthAt Castle Lane Dental Care, we believe that prevention is better than cure and we work with our patients to help them achieve great dental hygiene in Bournemouth. This involves regular check-ups and cleanings at the dental practice as well as consistent oral care at home. Our dedicated and trained oral hygienists will also teach you techniques to brush and floss your teeth effectively at home, thus prolonging their good health for longer.

Scale and polish

Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine at home is really important for health teeth and gums, however, it is not sufficient on its own. This is because some parts of the mouth are hard if not impossible to reach, leading to the build-up of plaque in-between your teeth and below your gum line. For this reason, regular hygiene treatment to remove plaque deposits is really important.

Your dental hygienist will gently remove plaque from your teeth and gums and use a special paste to polish your teeth in an attempt to keep your teeth plaque-free for longer. Once plaque is removed from the tooth surface and gums, your teeth will be easier to clean and floss.

An important aspect of your dental hygiene session also involves your dental hygienist supervising your oral health routine at home. Some patients require a more personalised approach to hygiene due to the specific placement of their teeth or other dental problems. Your dental hygienist will show you the best ways to brush and floss your teeth so they remain free from plaque.

How long will it last?

The success of treatment and maintenance of the results depends on many factors, the most important of which is your motivation to establish a good oral hygiene routine at home. Visiting your dental hygienist for regular cleanings is also important for maintaining your teeth and gums healthy for longer.

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Restore your oral health with dental hygiene in Bournemouth

Dental hygiene aims to improve the health of your teeth and gums in the long run. This may involve keeping your already-healthy mouth clean and germ-free or diagnosing oral conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Dental hygienists are specially trained to perform thorough cleanings of the teeth and gums and also advise patients on how to brush their teeth properly.

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we have two oral hygienists, both of whom are passionate advocates of good oral health education for patients of all ages. Apart from keeping your teeth and gums plaque-free, our hygienists are also trained to offer other preventive services, such as treatments for problems with bad breath. Dental hygiene in Bournemouth is an important part of the efficient operation of our dental practice.

Dental Hygiene in BournemouthWhat does the procedure involve?

Patients whose teeth and gums are already in good condition are advised to visit our dental practice for regular dental hygiene appointments. This will minimise the risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay. If you have noticed symptoms like red, swollen or bleeding gums, then it is likely that you are suffering from gum disease. In this case, visiting the dental hygienist as soon as possible is really important for effective treatment.

The success of gum disease treatment depends on the teeth and gums being as clean as possible. Your dental hygienist will clean your teeth thoroughly with special equipment and pastes, a procedure known as a scale and polish. This will remove plaque and other bacteria from your teeth and below your gum line. The success of the treatment is directly dependent on your motivation and oral hygiene routine at home.

Prevention is better than cure

As with any health problem, successful dentistry is based on the belief that prevention is better than cure. For this reason, a dental hygienist plays an important role, both for the patient and in the dental practice in general. Besides cleaning your teeth thoroughly, they can also advise on the best ways of keeping them in perfect health by following good dental hygiene habits. More importantly, they can educate both adults and children about the importance of a healthy diet and regular dental cleanings.

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