Dental Cleaning and Prevention Whangarei
Our Whangarei dental cleaning and prevention team wants to help people to know about cleaning their gums and teeth. At home, prevention includes brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Your hygienist can help customise solutions that enhance your daily efforts, often turning frustration into smiles as the healthy changes occur.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, because gum disease is usually painless, you may not even know you have it. Gum disease is caused by bacteria which form a sticky film on the tooth surface. This bacteria release toxins that can damage the gums.
An increasing amount of research also suggests that there is evidence linking chronic periodontal disease to conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory disease. Moreover, current research suggests that if you have periodontal disease during pregnancy, you may be significantly more likely to have a baby born prematurely or with a low birth weight. Keeping your gums healthy will ensure a better chance of good general health.
Your diet plays a critical role in oral health as well. Acidic foods and drinks can accelerate deterioration of your teeth, and certain foods can reduce the health of your supporting jawbone and gums. Our Whangarei hygienists believe in bringing your efforts and ours into balance for optimum health.
Of course, regular dental exams and cleanings twice a year prove vital in preventing decay and gum disease as you keep daily habits consistent. With a proactive approach, together we can prevent minor issues from becoming major procedures.
If you’ve got any questions about the Whangarei dental cleaning and prevention service or anything else that concerns you, we are happy to answer them.
Is flossing really necessary?
Actually, flossing is more important than brushing. If you think about it, your tongue and cheeks are constantly rubbing against the exposed surfaces of your teeth. This motion helps to remove bacteria from sticking to those surfaces.
While tooth brushing does remove some of the material between teeth, it is flossing that scrapes away bacterial build up from the inner-most surfaces between teeth. Most tooth decay forms between teeth, so flossing helps to reduce the bacteria which cause the decay.
Gum disease predominantly forms under the gum line. Flossing not only removes bacteria which cause gum disease, it also stimulates blood flow in the areas of the gum between teeth. The increased blood flow in those areas helps the body to fight off bacterial invasion, which causes gum problems.
How often do I need to floss?
Flossing is recommended at least once a day. Research shows that the bacteria on teeth require about 24 hours to build up a protective layer that resists abrasion. Once those bacteria have gained a foot hold on your teeth, they continue to multiply and use salts from your saliva to harden the protective layer. Once this layer has hardened, the services of a hygienist are required to remove the bacteria and their protective layer.
What is the best home care regime?
The best home care regime varies for each individual’s circumstances. Your diet, health, lifestyle and your individual body constitution influence components of your home care. Even medications, including many blood pressure pills, can have side effects, such as “dry mouth” that require an increase in home care.
Special home care tools are required if you have dental bridges or implants. Some people are just more prone to dental problems than others. Your hygienist can help you with determining the best maintenance program to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Proper brushing and flossing techniques are paramount for an effective home care regime.
How often should you brush your teeth?
In a perfect world, you should brush and floss your teeth after every meal. However, in today’s busy world, this is not realistic. An effective brushing frequency for most healthy people is to properly brush in the morning after flossing then floss and brush before bedtime. Twice daily is an absolute minimum.
What does bleeding gums mean?
If your gums bleed when you brush and/or floss, it means your gums are inflamed. Inflamed gums, also known as gingivitis, are the result of bacteria living just under the gum line of your teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a more severe gum problem known as periodontitis.
Your gums will usually bleed when flossing right after gum treatment. This does not mean to stop flossing. It means to continue flossing every day until bleeding stops! This is natures way of flushing out all the bacterial toxins that remain in the gums.
What is the best toothbrush to use?
The best toothbrush is one with soft bristles with rounded ends. Used correctly, a soft toothbrush will remove recent bacteria and debris from your teeth and under the gums on the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth. Medium or hard toothbrushes tend to abrade the gums and any exposed root surface of your teeth.
It is tempting to use a stiffer brush on tooth stains in an effort to remove them. Stains on your teeth are actually discolourations of the material left behind by bacteria that have remained on your teeth for prolonged periods. The best way to remove stains is to see your hygienist to have those deposits removed and then to avoid stain recurrence by keeping your teeth clean.
How often should I see the hygienist?
For most people, twice yearly is sufficient. However, if you have suffered from gum disease or have a compromised biological make-up from medications or ill health, you might need to see the hygienist more often.
On the other hand, if you adhere to a proper home care regime, are in good health and have a healthy diet, you might get by with an annual visit to the hygienist. Your hygienist will help you determine the best maintenance program for you.