Preventative Hygiene Therapy
Preventative hygiene treatments are designed to help you keep a healthy mouth, and lessen the likelihood of experiencing gum disease and decay. Aside from the everyday hygiene measures you can practice at home, preventative hygiene therapy can also include professional cleaning, scaling and polishing at our dental office.
Brush your teeth and floss daily
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using interdental brushes should form part of your daily hygiene at home. This will help you combat a range of issues that arise due to poor oral health.
At your visit we will examine your mouth and help show you the best way to brush your teeth correctly. We can also offer you regular appointments with our dental hygienist to give your teeth a thorough cleaning and remove any build-up of tartar and plaque.
The best approach to good oral hygiene is a combined effort between you, your hygienist and Dr. Roulston.
Don't forget regular dentist visits
Keeping up with your dental visits is essential for good oral health. Even with regular brushing and flossing, it’s important that Dr. Roulston examines your teeth and gums twice a year.
These routine check-ups can help us identify any early signs of gum disease or decay.
Eat a balanced
The food you eat and the drinks you consume can also impact your oral health. At Glenpool Dentistry, we can offer a range of dental hygiene treatments to support better levels of oral health, but it's important to limit your intake of sweet or sugary foods and drinks.
There is a strong connection between your diet and your oral health. The foods you eat and how often you consume them can impact your gums and your teeth. If you consume sweetened fruity drinks, sugary sodas, or non-nutritious snacks, this will put you at a far greater risk of tooth decay. When plaque comes in contact with sugar in the mouth, this causes the acid to attack the teeth, and this is what directly leads to decay.
Choosing low or no-sugar alternatives is a great place to start, and improving your levels of dietary nutrition will also help you prevent decay and delay any potential issues with tooth loss or cavity formation.
For good oral and dental health, keep the following guidelines in mind when choosing your snacks, drinks, and meals.
- Try switching out any sugary drinks to low or no-sugar options.
- Consume any sugary drinks or snacks with meals rather than between meals
- Drink lots of water.
- Beware of consuming too many sports drinks,
energy drinks, milk, or fruit juices because they can all cause cavities.
- Use a straw when drinking to lessen sugar and acid exposure to teeth.
- Don’t sip on anything but water all day long.
Try to eat a range of foods from each of the major food groups, including:
- Whole Grains
- Low or Fat-free dairy foods
- Lean protein sources
- Limit your snacks – try to choose healthy snacks
With a good diet, regular check-ups, twice-daily brushing, and flossing, you will be doing everything you can to keep good levels of oral hygiene. Our hygienist can also provide you with an extension of this by offering thorough cleaning, with scaling and polishing on a regular basis.
If you would like to schedule a preventative hygiene visit, please contact a member of our team today to book an appointment.