Oral Hygiene

Good Oral Hygiene Helps Preserve Teeth and Gums For Life.

Even though most of us are aware of the importance of taking care of our teeth; sometimes it is easy to let it slip a little. This does not necessarily mean not brushing our teeth, but, more likely, not brushing them correctly, or more commonly, not brushing them for a sufficient amount of time.

Today’s toothpastes are so efficient at making our mouths feel fresh after a short brush that this can often lead us to believe that our teeth are clean. This is often not the case however, and most dentists recommend that teeth should be brushed for a minimum of two full minutes and preferably more. Although our teeth may feel fresh, the real purpose of brushing our teeth is to eliminate the build up of plaque which leads to gum disease and decay.

Flossing too is important, as a toothbrush simply can’t get into the gaps between our teeth efficiently. Even this however, is still likely to leave hidden spots that we can’t reach, often at the back of the rear teeth. For this reason, and to keep a check on the health of our teeth and gums, you should make a regular appointment to see the hygienist who is trained to spot any early signs of problems, and to treat them before they become major ones.

This may seem a little excessive, but as the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’. This is especially true of your teeth, as, once decay has started, the only option is to remove the decay by filling them, either with amalgam or white fillings which don’t show to the same degree. If this is not treated early enough, it may be necessary to extract a tooth. There is no self healing process in a tooth and no reversing it once it starts.

Of course, once a tooth has been lost, there are options available such as the placing of a dental implant. This will give not only the lifelike appearance of a natural tooth, but the strength also. If you have to have several teeth removed, dentures are an option, however, many people find these uncomfortable, though great improvements have been made to dentures, especially when they are retained firmly using mini dental implants placed in the jaw.

Despite the great advances of cosmetic dentistry however, there is little doubt that it is preferable to avoid having any dental treatment if possible. Naturally, there may be accidents which mean that you will need your teeth repaired, whether by conventional fillings or, perhaps, using dental veneers to repair a chipped or cracked tooth, but a good oral hygiene regime backed up with regular check ups at your dental practice is far more effective at keeping your teeth as beautiful and white as possible, delaying the time when you may feel that you need a tooth whitening procedure.

So, for just a few minutes each day, brushing and flossing, you can at least feel that you have done everything that you can to take care of your teeth. This will at least minimise any work that needs doing to them in the future.

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