Everyone wants to have a great smile which is why good oral hygiene is important! Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems in the future such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more.
Our team of dental hygienists are on hand to give your teeth a deep clean using state of the art scale and polish techniques that make your mouth feel fantastic and your teeth really clean. We at Cheadle also offer help to patients of all ages and instruct them to clean their teeth more effectively. Our experts will advise you on which brushes, pastes, floss and other items to help keep your teeth and gums clean, fresh and free from disease.
They can also advise on other issues such as cracked or broken teeth, stains and bleeding gums. We recommend you visit our hygienist ahead of any complex dental procedures, such as implants or veneers so that your teeth are in as good a condition as possible before we proceed.
Here is a short list of important tips to help you on your way to healthier teeth right away.
How to clean your teeth
1. Proper Brushing
One of the easiest steps to do to help your teeth keep clean. When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. However, if your work or activities prevent you from doing this, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the amount of food that would serve as a substrate for the bacteria.
We know, it’s a chore and a lot of times forgetful after brushing if rushing out the door or heading to bed. However, flossing can help you remove food particles and other detrimental substances that brushing regularly cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even mouthwash cannot wash away. We recommend flossing at least once a day.
3. Limit Sodas, Coffee and Alcohol
Although these beverages contain a high level of phosphorous, which is a necessary mineral for a healthy mouth, too much phosphorous can deplete the body’s level of calcium. This causes dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. It is best to choose beverages like milk, which helps strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel, giving you a healthy, beautiful smile and water which hydrates your body longer than sugary drinks.
4. Consume Calcium and other Vitamins that are good for the body
You need plenty of calcium for your teeth. It is essential for the teeth as well as your bones. It is better to drink milk, fortified orange juice and to eat yoghurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. You can also take a calcium supplement, taking different doses according to your age and necessity as per prescription.
5. Regular visits to your Dentist
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have full hygiene treatment performed. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring.
6. Use Mouthwash alongside brushing and flossing
Mouthwash can help maintain good breath as well as help maintain strong teeth. Mouthwash cannot do all the work but if you are already brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist and eating well, mouthwash is the cherry on top that will make your dental health great.
7. Clean your tongue
We recommend that you clean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a professional tongue cleaner you remove countless bacteria that otherwise live, particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue. These can contribute to bad breath and negatively affect your dental health.
Why choose Cheadle Dental?
Our team of dentists and dental support technicians can work with you in the following areas:
- Routine check-ups and hygiene advice
- Emergency dental care, 24/7
- Dental bridges, crowns and implants
- Cosmetic dentistry, including whitening, straightening and veneers
- Root canals
- Children’s services and family dentistry
- Nervous patients
- Anti-wrinkling and other cosmetic facial procedures
A little more about us...
A: Our dental hygienists can talk you through good oral and dental care and provide you with advice and leaflets to take away. We can also recommend toothbrushes and other dental products to suit your needs.
A: We like to see patients at least twice a year for a hygienist appointment, however the ideal space of time between appointments is three months to prevent the buildup of tartar or plaque.
A: Of course, our hygienists love to see your younger patients and can help them establish good tooth-brushing habits from an early age.