It’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene both at home and with regular visits to the dentist for a professional clean.

If gums and teeth are not properly maintained, gum disease such as gingivitis can occur. Gum disease has been linked with heart disease, stroke, preterm and low birth weight babies.

Gingivitis is a condition where plaque forms on your teeth and gum line. As a result, bacteria develop and your gums become inflamed. This condition is painful and can also lead to more serious problems if it is not treated quickly. With regular dental care, the Dental On Park team  can help you maintain your oral hygiene and prevent the onset of gum diseases. At each regular thorough examination visit we will check your oral hygiene to ensure optimal health.

The video explains both gingivitis, as well as the more progressive disease – periodontitis – and how we check for this condition at each examination appointment, as well as what possible problems can occur.

In general good oral hygiene comprises not only regular preventive cleaning appointments but also regular at home care including:

  1. Brushing your teeth for a full 2 minutes
  2. Flossing your teeth
  3. If you are a high risk caries patient – i.e. you often need filings use a flu ride mouth rinse nightly such as Colgate neutrofleour

Different alternatives to floss do exist: 

  • piksters : these are our favourite! remember to get the right size for your teeth and to pikster both from the outside as well as the inside!
  • waterpik: great if you have trouble using piksters from the inside or as an alternative in general.
  • superfloss: good to use underneath bridges
  • xfloss: also good to use underneath bridges, around implants and screw in dentures
  • floss handles: great tool to wrap floss around to make flossing a bit easier.

If you are a high risk decay patient the a fluoride mouthwash is for you, or alternatively you can use tooth mousse for a fluoride free product.

Other Oral Hygiene tips:

Chewing gum after eating is also a great habit to get into to help your salivary glands buffer the food and acid attack on your teeth. If you drink soft drinks, gatorade, iced tea or even a lot of freshly juiced citrus fruits, remember to rinse your mouth out with water or drink through a straw to help avoid contact with teeth as much as possible. Again chewing gum after these drinks is beneficial.

If you have a sweet tooth remember that having all your sweets in one go is better than spacing it out throughout the day. And if you have had acidic foods and drinks to eat or drink – do wait half an hour before brushing your teeth to avoid brushing your softened enamel away.

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