Preventative Treatments

Our Range of Preventative Dental Treatments

What is good Oral Hygiene?

Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:

  • Your teeth are clean and free of debris
  • Gums are firmly held against teeth and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath is not a constant problem

If your gums do hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, see your dentist. Any of these conditions may indicate a problem.

Your dental professional can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.

How Is Good Oral Hygiene Practiced?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste with 1450ppm of Fluoride
  • Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist tells you to

Correct Brushing Technique

Tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line (half on the tooth and half on the gum) and move forwards and backwards only focusing on 2 teeth at a time.
Brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Correct Flossing Technique

Use about 10" of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with, wrap each end around your middle finger – this will aid in controlling the floss and free your index finger and thumb to direct the floss.
Gently follow the curves of your teeth – ensure that the floss is always in contact with the tooth and wipe the side of the tooth with the floss – do not use a sawing action.