Oral hygiene is one of the least glamorous parts of dentistry. It certainly does not have the cutting edge glimmer of aligners or dental implants, but pound-for-pound, oral hygiene has saved more teeth and improved more lives than any other procedure. Let’s see how you can get the most from your teeth as we endeavour to help with maintaining your dental hygiene Essex.
Checkups and screening
Checkups can be seen by most of us as an inconvenience for a few who have significant dental apathy. They can be a genuine challenge for nervous patients, but either way, their value is often forgotten. The power of checkups is early intervention, and almost all dental procedures that exist without them are trivial. Whereas if left to extremes, it can be expensive, life-changing and often debilitating. The window of opportunity where treatment is most effective does not always line up with the first few symptoms, which are usually not apparent to the patient; it’s very possible for you to require intervention but have no symptoms. This is where dental checkups come in. In the same way that cervical screening allows the early intervention of cancers, dental screening permits the early detection of cavities that, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss.
The professional in prevention and dental hygiene Essex is the clinic’s hygienist. Hygienists are sometimes left in the shadows but only by those who undervalue their role in the management of gum disease or the scale-and-polish, both of which help with both general oral health and aesthetics.
Art of flossing
Flossing is often not in the everyday routine of many of our patients, as they may find it intimidating. You should never be concerned about asking us about flossing techniques or advice regardless. It is one of the primary roles of our clinic and hygienist to help you maintain your dental hygiene Essex in the long term.
High fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride can provide excellent protection for teeth. However, it has a therapeutic dose that can increase risks and side effects like fluorosis, which is when the enamel begins to show brown stains caused by an excessive buildup of fluoride. This is why over-the-counter toothpastes have restricted concentrations of fluoride and instructions on avoiding swallowing.
One of the normal steps in stabilising an active infection is using toothpaste high in fluoride. These are only available by prescription and are only appropriate for adults since ingestion can be harmful. But they are excellent in rapidly recovering and strengthening teeth before reconstruction work.
Brushing up on brushing
Education that is based on brushing and dental hygiene is not restricted to our youngest patients. In our busy world, it can be easy to ineffectively brush and perform other dental maintenance in an everyday fashion. This can cause plaque to build up in awkward locations in the mouth and be spotted during a checkup. When you come to us at Crofts Dental Practice, we will direct you towards better techniques of brushing – something useful at any age!