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Dentist South West London Guide: Good Dental Hygiene

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22nd July 2016

Dentist South West London Guide: Good Dental Hygiene

Being nervous for the dentist is more common than you think, many people fear the sound of the equipment or want to run away from the dental chair. In reality, visiting the dentist isn’t as scary as you think. Do you know what is scary? When you neglect your oral health and push dental visits to one side, tooth problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can eventually come your way. To reduce your chances of gaining tooth problems like these, we’ve put together some tips to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Brush twice a day 

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning when you wake up and once at night before you go to bed. When brushing you should go gently in a circular motion to make sure you get rid of all food deposits and lessen the chances of developing tooth decay. Make sure you brush both your teeth and the gumline back and forth, and up and down to keep not only your mouth clean and healthy. 

Don’t forget to floss 

Flossing once a day will remove food from between the teeth, that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. If flossing is something you struggle at, please don’t hesitate to speak to your dentist in Clapham. They will be more than happy to show you the best flossing technique. 

Visit your hygienist 

Have regular hygienist appointments. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned regularly will make sure that there are no food deposits of which you are unaware, to cause you problems in the future.

Spot the signs 

Be able to recognise early warning signs of dental problems and then, if you identify them in your own mouth, make an appointment with your dentist straight away. If your gums are red, swollen, or even bleeding, there is a chance you could have gum disease. Gum therapy will relieve the symptoms and consists of a stringent cleaning program which will take place over a number of weeks. Ignoring this problem could be more detrimental to your health than you might imagine, given the fact that studies have found a link between gum disease and heart disease. If you are experiencing loose teeth or teeth pain, you should also report to the dentist immediately.

Visit your dentist 

If your teeth are not straight or you’ve lost a tooth and not seen your dentist in a while, you might want to consider some cosmetic treatment. Getting your teeth straightened will get rid of hard-to-reach, overlapped surfaces, where food deposits can gather. Getting an implant; which is an artificial tooth fitted into your jawbone, will prevent your remaining teeth from shifting and creating more overlapped, hard-to-reach surfaces.

As nervous as you might be, If you can spend just an hour of your year having your teeth checked by your dentist, you’re far more likely to never experience a painful or a prolonged dental treatment. You can find out more about how to become a patient at the Crescent Lodge Southwest London clinic by contacting our professional and friendly team.