Health & Hygiene
It’s easy to take healthy teeth for granted and forget how important they are to our everyday lives. Not only are our teeth essential to a great smile, they also help us bite and chew our food; and help us pronounce words.
When we don’t look after our teeth we are vulnerable to the pain and discomfort of decay, leading to additional and sometimes costly dental work. There is also the risk of gum disease which can eventually lead to loosening and even the loss of some teeth. This disease is entirely preventable with good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing. The benefits of healthy, great-looking teeth and gums extend far beyond the mouth though. Studies have shown connections between poor dental health and a range of other more significant health issues.
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Keeping our teeth and gums healthy
Good oral hygiene can be achieved with four simple things:
• Regular brushing – day and night with a fluoride toothpaste
• Flossing – at least once a day
• Good diet – avoiding (or at least reducing) sugary food & drinks
• Visiting your dentist regularly
Ensuring that you include these as part of your routine should mean problem-free teeth and gums.
While brushing and flossing will prevent a build-up of plaque (the cause of decay and gum disease) your hygienists treatment will support your home routine to achieve a healthy mouth.
Although you can buy essential dental care products in supermarkets and pharmacies, at Hook Dental we not only have a range of quality products to assist with your daily routine but we can explain how to use them properly.
Regular visits to our hygienists are vital
Although brushing and flossing your teeth at home is an essential part of good oral hygiene, there’s nothing quite like a visit to one of our hygienists.
Denise and Darren are experts in cleaning your teeth and will advise you on the best way to keep that smile gleaming!
You can see the hygienist at any time, not just when visiting the dentist, but sometimes you might be advised to have more regular hygienist visits and this will be discussed with you. While an annual appointment would be our recommended minimum for a hygienist appointment, little and often is the best way to maintain oral health. The good news is that hygienist visits are included in our membership plans to help spread the cost across the year.
Specialist gum care
Teeth rely on healthy gums and the gums themselves need to be cared for.
A good routine or cleaning your teeth and flossing between them will help maintain healthy gums and even if you have gum disease this can usually be stabilised. However, sometimes gum problems can be more serious and that’s where Amir comes in.
As Hook Dental’s specialist periodontist, Amir is fully qualified in treating more aggressive forms of periodontal disease, which can be very destructive and have been linked to other serious health conditions.
Unchecked, the bacteria which cause periodontal disease can trigger an exaggerated immune response which causes further damage to the bone and gum around your teeth.