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Hygienist

Regular professional cleaning by the hygienist combined with a good oral health regime at home will result in a clean and healthy mouth. This will improve your appearance and help to keep your breath fresh.

The major advantage of visiting the hygienist is that they can help prevent gum disease, decay and tooth loss. They will also draw your attention to any areas that require extra attention during your oral health regime and demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques. This will enable you to retain healthy teeth and gums throughout your life and reduce the need for future emergency treatments. Preventing gum disease also reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke and other health problems.

So a visit to the hygienist is not just good for keeping your breath fresh and your teeth whiter but also for maintaining your general health.

A hygienist appointment is only available privately.Smile

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Oral Hygiene Advice

At the practice we really want you to maintain the best possible smile. For this to be possible it is important not only to visit the practice regularly, but have a thorough oral health regime. In the long term this will save you time, money and further treatments. The following section contains a few tips to help you have a great oral health regime. If you want any more advice please feel free to ask your hygienist or dentist.

Tooth Brush

Oral B ToothbrushWe would always recommend using an electric toothbrush over a manual as it removes far more plaque and germs from your teeth and gums, with little effort from you. All you have to do is position the brush around your mouth, in order to ensure each tooth is given adequate attention. At the practice we offer Oral-B electric toothbrushes as studies have shown them to be the most effective.

Flossing

Dental FlossThe area between your teeth allows bacteria to gather and deteriorate the state of your teeth and gums, which is why flossing these is vital. You should floss your teeth at least once a day, if not after every meal, but if you only do it once then it best to do so at night. Ensure that you floss between each tooth. Click to see a guide to flossing.

Mouthwash

Corsodyl MouthwashThe best way to get rid of plaque is through brushing and flossing your teeth, but mouthwashes can be helpful as an extra method of cleaning. There are many different mouthwashes available designed for a variety of purposes. Read more about the different types of mouthwash.

Diet

Red AppleEvery time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce the harmful acids. If you do snack between meals, choose foods that do not contain sugar. Fruit does contain acids, which can erode your teeth. However, this is only damaging to your teeth if you eat an unusually large amount.