Oral Hygiene Clinic in Glasgow
Nobody wants to suffer from tooth decay and bad breath - they are unpleasant, painful, dangerous to health and not at all glamorous.
At The Berkeley Clinic we practice prevention as well as treating dental issues. It is important to maintain good oral health by looking after our teeth on a day to day basis.
Brushing and flossing your teeth will help to prevent tartar (calculus) and plaque build up around the teeth and gums. The build up of these bacteria around the teeth can cause decay, gingivitis and eventually tooth loss.
It is recommended that you visit a dental hygienist every 6 months to have a scale and polish done. This professional cleaning helps eliminate hard tartar from around and under the gumline and will help to prevent any of the above problems. Visiting the dental hygienist at the Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow can help to reduce problems such as decay or gingivitis building up in your mouth.
Apart from regular check-ups, there are several easy things you can do daily to avoid dental problems. Follow these simple tips and you won't be afraid to smile for a photograph or dread visiting the dentist. These quick and practical measures will have an immediate impact and a long lasting effect.
How to keep your teeth healthy and bright?
Brushing and flossing are vital daily habits that should be started in childhood. Most experts recommend we brush our teeth at least twice a day, once just before we go to bed, but the other time can vary. In reality, most of us don't feel ready to face the morning until our teeth are clean and fresh. As acids found in drinks and food can damage tooth enamel when we brush, it is best to avoid cleaning your teeth within an hour of eating or drinking. This lets natural saliva in your mouth neutralise any acids.
What is the best technique for teeth brushing?
The right teeth cleaning technique is important, something that dentists or dental hygienists will be happy to demonstrate. Clean the front surfaces by angling your toothbrush against the gum line. Use small circular movements on every tooth. Repeat with the chewing surface. To effectively clean the inside surfaces, tilt the brush vertically and use the edge of the brush. Don't rinse out your mouth as this removes toothpaste residue which carries on protecting your teeth. Just spit out any excess toothpaste. Try not to eat for thirty minutes after brushing.
When should you replace your toothbrush?
Toothbrushes need replacing every two to three months, as they become less efficient at removing plaque. Whether to use an electric toothbrush or not is purely a matter of taste. Some people prefer them and find them more effective. Modern electric toothbrushes tell you if you are brushing too hard or when you have spent two minutes cleaning your teeth.
You should replace your toothbrush if you recently had a cold, virus or a cold sore.
How to keep your teeth clean and mouth healthy?
Even with brushing, particles of plaque and food will get trapped in your teeth. Use tepe brushes or a flossing string to floss when you clean your teeth at night. To use flossing string, take about 40 cm of floss and hold a small piece taut. Slip it between each tooth and pull gently back and forth several times. Move the flossing string along to reveal clean lengths. If your teeth are very close together, you might find interdental brushes more effective.
Fluoride dental mouthwashes help kill bacteria and maintain tooth health. Mouthwashes should not be used with brushing. If you clean your teeth morning and night you might find using a capful of mouthwash after lunch refreshes your mouth. If you are able to gargle, it will also help remove bacteria from the back of your mouth and throat and help prevent infections there. Once you have finished don't eat or drink for thirty minutes to get the full benefit.