‘ie. effectual hindrance’
good dental hygiene is the crux of dentistry.
theoretically, if your dental hygiene is perfect you’ll never need to see a dentist again. however, approximately 70% of the adult population have some degree of gingivitis ie. gum inflammation. bleeding gums is the first sign of gingivitis and in most cases can be reversed with improved dental hygiene techniques.
… so we all use a toothbrush. but inevitably, we miss areas, and, as brushing is habitual, we tend to miss the same areas over and over. being shown our weak spots and how to get to these areas is essential to keeping disease at bay. at the other end of the spectrum, brushing too hard causes the gum to recede and can lead to root surface abrasion.
research has shown that brushing twice a day – morning and evening – is optimal for good dental hygiene.
saliva is the body’s natural mouthwash. cleaning your teeth before bed is vital as when we sleep our saliva flow decreases. therefore the mouth is no longer self-cleaning. mornings, well, nobody likes morning breath do they? current thinking says you should not rinse with water after.
the most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride and using an electric toothbrush is far superior to manual toothbrushing.
yes. its boring, tedious and requires a degree of manual dexterity. recently, the efficacy of dental flossing has been called into question. however, those of you that do floss will know that it really does clean the tooth surfaces that a brush just cannot get to. the floss goes in clean, and comes out, well, let’s just say unclean. removing plaque and food deposits by physically wiping the tooth surface can only be a bonus for your dental hygiene and breath.
sonic or not? floss or tape? interdentals or mouthwash?? there are plenty of dental hygiene aids on the market, but which are suited/necessary for you? we will guide you through what to use and how to use it.
as a rule, we try to keep it as simple and easy as possible. that way we hope you’ll keep it up.
types of stain
broadly there are two types of staining – extrinsic and intrinsic.
extrinsic staining caused various things like tea, coffee, red wine and smoking;
intrinsic staining caused by genetic conditions, certain antibiotics or hairline cracks in the teeth that take up stain.