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Slough Clinic 8 Stoke Poges Lane Slough, SL1 3NT

Call 01753 776 757

Maidenhead Clinic 82 Moorbridge Road Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8BW

Call 01628 778 877

Dental hygiene is the process of keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy. The best way to do this is by regularly visiting our hygienist and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups

What is good dental hygiene?

You can achieve a high standard of oral hygiene by regular visits with our hygienist and brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.

Brushing and flossing help to prevent bacteria from reproducing in the mouth which, in turn, helps to avert enamel erosion and tooth decay. Biannual visits to the dentist for routine check-ups are the best way to ensure your continuing oral health.

What happens at a dental check-up?

A dental check-up allows your dentist to examine your teeth and gums.

If you have any specific symptoms such as a toothache, bring it to the attention of your dentist.

If the dentist finds severe plaque build-up or stubborn tartar deposits, they may advise you see a dental hygienist for professional cleaning or recommend an airflow tooth polishing treatment.

Once the check-up is complete, the dentist will provide you with a recommended recall date for your next visit.

What does a dental hygienist do?

Our dental hygienist’s primary role is to professionally clean your teeth and gums to help remove stains, as well as helping to prevent or reverse the effects of gum disease. They achieve this with a method called a “scale and polish,” where the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum pockets. Airflow polishing may also be required to remove micro stains in difficult to reach parts of the tooth.

A hygienist can also administer fluoride treatments if needed, which provide a protective barrier to the teeth.

Your dental hygienist will provide more specialist advice on how to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene at home. They recommend optimal methods for brushing and flossing, as well as advising those undergoing orthodontic treatment the best ways to clean around their appliances.

What foods affect your oral hygiene?

Sugar adheres to teeth. The bacteria in your mouth then feeds off these sugars, creating harmful acids which soften the enamel and cause tooth decay. Sugary foods and drink like sweets, fruit juices, and carbonated beverages can be detrimental to your oral health.

Chewing sugar-free gum can help to clean away plaque and other debris by stimulating saliva production and neutralising the harmful acids.

Foods and drinks that contain high levels of calcium such as yoghurt, cheese, and milk are very good for your teeth. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruit and vegetables also promote gum health.

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