Visiting the Hygienist

In the dental profession we spend a huge amount of our time treating just two diseases and their consequences, dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease). You might not think it, but these two are two of the most common diseases known to man.

However you don’t have to sit and wait for their arrival, a great deal of tooth decay and gum disease is preventable by following just a few simple steps. A Dental Hygienist’s job is to provide you with a tailor made oral health plan, enabling you to maintain a healthy mouth. By consistently following the simple steps below you will greatly improve and continue to have good oral health.

Below you’ll find our tips on having a healthier mouth, if you’d like to pop in and see our dental hygienist, we’d love to see you, please get in touch to make an appointment.

1. Brush your teeth twice a day.

Once in the morning and again in the evening prior to going to bed. Brushing your teeth should take around two and a half minutes, time yourself, you will be amazed how long two and a half minutes feels.

2. Brush logically.

Don’t dart around the mouth randomly. Always angle your brush towards the area where the gum meets the tooth.

3. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Fluoride hardens the tooth surface and can greatly reduce tooth decay. Once you have brushed your teeth (for around two and a half minutes) spit out your toothpaste, but don’t rinse out, this will leave more beneficial fluoride in your mouth.

4. Clean in between your teeth.

We can guarantee your hygienist will lose the will to live if you don’t floss or use inter dental brushes! So many dental problems originate from the build-up of bacteria in the gaps between teeth. If your gums bleed it’s because they are inflamed and swollen due to the plaque bacteria, keep brushing and cleaning between your teeth. Once you can brush and floss and not experience bleeding you have the plaque bacteria in your mouth under control.

5. Limit your intake of sugar.

Tooth decay is caused by the acid that is produced when we consume sugar. Limiting your sugar intake to meal times only will reduce the frequency in which you teeth are bathed in acid, therefore reducing your rate of tooth decay.

Oral health advice can often seem very patronising, but so many people fail to carry out the basics when looking after their oral health. The above advice is the bare minimum, but depending on your individual circumstances we may add additional advice, tailored to your health needs. There is no magic toothbrush and no mouth wash that will stop tooth decay or gum disease, although many of the adverts on TV like to make you think they will!

Good oral health is about individual thoroughness and maintaining a healthy balanced diet.

If you would like some more detailed information, including advice, guidance and recent articles on Oral Health, please visit the Oral Health Foundation website –

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