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Hygienist and Fresh Breath

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Fresh breath and the maintenance of proper dental hygiene are essential parts of a good dental health status. Acorn Dental Care Clinic recognizes the need for patients to have the necessary information on how to achieve fresh breath, as well as good oral hygiene, in order to appreciate good dental health in a more concrete and positive manner.

Fresh Breath and Hygiene Tips

hygiene-treatment-SloughHere are some tips dentists on how to have fresh breath, and how to maintain good oral hygiene on a regular basis:

Regular Tooth Brushing – Properly and regularly brushing the teeth is one of the things that every person should do, to take good care of his or her dental health.

Tooth brushing washes away any food debris that may have been left on teeth surfaces; the food debris should not be left for a long time on surfaces of the teeth, as they may turn into plaque if given the chance to combine with the bacteria inside the mouth. Proper tooth brushing should be done after every meal, or at least twice daily.

Dental Floss Use – There are some food particles that may not be completely cleaned by tooth brushing alone, and can be removed with the use of dental floss. The food debris left in between teeth, and on the gum line, can cause dental problems if they are not cleaned away. Regular use of dental floss will ensure that even the spaces in between teeth and the gum line are cleaned thoroughly.

Tongue Cleaning – The tongue should not be neglected when cleaning the mouth. Bacteria and food particles can be trapped on the surface of the tongue; the build-up of bacteria on the tongue can lead to bad breath, and can also develop into tongue problems if left untreated.

Healthy Diet – It is best to avoid the consumption of food and beverages that are high in acidity and sugar, and to stick to a diet rich in vitamins and minerals; fruits and vegetables should make up a big part of one’s diet. Calcium-rich drinks and food will also be beneficial to one’s overall dental health.

Hydrate with Water – Water should be (and IS) everyone’s best friend. It keeps the whole body hydrated, washes away food bits that can cause plaque or bad breath, and also prevents a dry mouth problem (one of the causes of bad breath).

Avoid Smoking – Smoking and the use of tobacco products not only causes bad breath – it can also result to more serious problems, such as oral or lung cancer.

Regular Dental Check-ups – Regular visits to a dentist are necessary to maintain good dental health. The regular check-ups will also be helpful in detecting dental problems in their earliest stages, so the proper treatment can be given before the problems have a chance to worsen.

Dental Hygiene Treatments

Dental hygiene treatment is delivered by a specially trained dental hygienist who will help to remove any hard-to-reach plaque from your teeth that may have built up over time.

What to expect from a hygiene appointment

  1. Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine the amount of plaque removal you will need and risk factors will be highlighted.
  2. Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes. This process is also known as scaling and polishing.
  3. The hygienist’s role is to show you how to look after your teeth so that they remain free from plaque in the future. You will be advised on the best tooth brushing technique and given tips on flossing and using interdental brushes.

Dental hygiene at our practice also functions preventatively to treat gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant, you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with.

It is recommended that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.

Life benefits

  • Minimised risk of tooth loss
  • Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings
  • Fresh minty breath

Bad Breath Prevention

Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Bad breath can be improved by following a daily oral hygiene regime and cutting down on sugary foods and drinks. Regular trips to the hygienist will also ensure your plaque levels are kept under control.

Don’t be a victim of embarrassing bad breath problems! Book your hygiene appointment at Acorn Dental Care now to keep your breath smelling fresh and healthy.

Causes of bad breath include

  • Chronic bad breath usually has an underlying medical cause such as throat, nose or lung infections and sinusitis, bronchitis, gastro-intestinal conditions or diabetes.
  • Poor dental hygiene. Without regular brushing and flossing, bacteria and bits of food can get trapped in between your teeth, which release an unpleasant odour after some time.
  • Smoking.
  • Consuming strong, odorous foods like garlic, onions and coffee.

If you notice that your breath is not as fresh as you would like it to be, make an appointment with your hygienist at Acorn Dental Care now for some advice and assistance.

Life benefits

  • Fresh breath gives you confidence in social situations
  • Indicates good oral health and clean teeth
  • Healthy gums

Sensitive Teeth

Do you feel a shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot? Does the thought of biting into an ice cream or a cold, hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and can be caused by a variety of factors. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so that the source of the problem can be identified and treated.

Causes of teeth sensitivity

  • Temporary pain can be experienced after tooth whitening procedures and is treated with over the counter painkillers.
  • Dental erosion, or the loss of tooth enamel, can also cause sensitivity. Enamel is the hard outer coating of a tooth that protects the sensitive dentine underneath. If enamel is worn away or eroded, this dentine is exposed which can lead to pain and sensitivity, which can be worsened with extreme temperatures.
  • Erosion can be caused by your diet (frequent consumption of high sugar or high acid food or drink), tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard), tooth grinding, certain medical conditions and eating disorders.

For valuable tips on protecting your enamel and for effective treatment of tooth sensitivity, come to the Acorn Dental Care practice for a check-up and we will create an individualised care plan for you.

Life benefits

  • Being able to consume hot and cold drinks and food
  • Pain-free mouth
  • Reduced risk of further tooth wear
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