Hygiene and Gum Maintenance
Although brushing your teeth is usually a twice daily habit, getting that deep clean is essential for keeping up your dental health. Switch Family Dental has a dedicated hygienist to give you the brightest smiles and that wonderful clean feeling.
The best things you can do to take care of your teeth are to always brush, floss at least every second day, rinse your mouth afterwards, eat healthily and visit your dentist regularly.
First off: brush! Brushing removes plaque – the bacteria that settles on your teeth. Plaque combined with your food creates an acid that eats away at your teeth. Be sure to brush around 30 minutes after eating. Get a soft toothbrush, spend two minutes brushing twice a day, and be sure to replace it every three to four months. Also – it doesn’t matter if you’re holding an electric toothbrush, or a run-of-the-mill brush you found on sale at the supermarket. A soft brush is a good brush.
Next, floss! Flossing daily gets rid of food that your toothbrush can’t quite get to. Plaque that sticks between your teeth hardens into tartar, which only your hygienist can really get rid of. Squeeze the floss between your teeth and around your gums in a “U” shape. Get behind those back teeth too!
Now, finish it all off with a rinse. Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash kills bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease. Swish around for around 30 seconds to a minute. Some mouthwashes include fluoride, which helps prevent decay and cavities.
We know that what we eat has an impact on our waistline, but the cakes and crackers and chips and treats also affect our teeth. Acids produced by these foods stay in our mouths long after we’ve finished snacking. Act sensibly with regard to what kinds of food you eat to save from problems later on. Rather than getting fillings on every other tooth, keep those additional costs down with sensible eating and a good cleaning routine.
Finally, visit your hygienist at least every half year for a thorough clean. It’s like sending your teeth to a day spa! Just lie back, relax and let the experts take care of you.
Dental hygienists are licensed experts in the treatment and prevention of diseases in your gums and mouth. Oral health is so important for that long lasting smile with strong, bright teeth. That’s why, in addition to a thorough inspection, our dental hygienist cleans, scales and polishes your teeth with an individualised treatment adapted specifically for your gum, tooth and mouth needs.
Your hygienist will be able to get all the niggly bits your ordinary toothbrush and dental floss can’t handle. We’ll remove any plaque or tartar build-up over your teeth as well as any surface parts of the tooth that have been stained or worn over time.
These hygienist appointments are more than just a deep clean; we also check your gum health and make sure your mouth is free of any diseases or infections. Hygienists look for signs of gingivitis, gum disease and even more serious illnesses like mouth cancer and can advise on the best way you can look after your teeth.