One of the best health decisions you can ever make is to prioritise your oral health through experiencing one of the finest and most thorough dental hygiene treatments Surrey has to offer. But what exactly does dental hygiene entail, and why is it considered a critical part of your overall health?
Good dental hygiene means maintaining clean teeth and healthy, disease-free gums through regular brushing, flossing and periodic professional dental hygiene treatment. Dental hygiene also extends to your general health; specifically, in relation to diet choices and habits like smoking that can affect your oral health and undermine the effectiveness of treatments. A healthy diet, inclusive of all vital vitamins and minerals, plus a good oral care regimen and regular visits to you dentist and hygienist are all necessary for preventing dental-related diseases as well as other health issues, which people are often unaware.
Dental hygiene treatment: preventing oral diseases, staying healthy
A good oral care routine at home combined with regular professional treatments protect you from oral diseases and contribute to a generally healthier life.
Below is a brief breakdown of the different diseases associated with poor oral care, how superior dental hygiene treatment can prevent or cure them, and the best place to go for your oral care in Surrey.
Gum (periodontal) disease varies in types, ranging from gingivitis, a less intensive gum inflammation, to periodontitis, a more severe condition that can result in loss of teeth. Early symptoms of gum disease include painful, swollen, tender and red gums that bleed easily - especially during cleaning or after eating something hard.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to constant bad breath or halitosis. The build-up of bacteria and the resulting toxins (from gases that are released when bacteria breaks down pieces of food) easily cause undesirable breath odor. Halitosis, especially when it is persistent, may also be a sign of gum disease.
Commonly known as tooth decay, dental caries is quite common among both children and adults. Dental caries is caused by the acid produced when bacteria in plaque breaks down sugars and starches from our food. This acid gradually ‘eats’ away at the tooth, dissolving the tooth enamel and dentin, and forming a hole (cavity) in the tooth.
At Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic, we take care all of your dental needs. Our team of dentists and specialists offer exceptional services in periodontal therapy. This includes non-surgical treatments like scaling and polishing your teeth, and surgical treatments like gum grafts and implants for advanced conditions. We will even enhance your smile through cosmetic dentistry.
As a new patient, our journey with you begins with a relaxed consultation designed to help us get to know each other better and assess your dental needs. In addition to this, your hygienist will discuss your medical history and oral health routine with you during your dental hygiene appointment. Your hygienist and dentist will then recommend a treatment specifically tailored for you.
The benefits of dental hygiene treatment and care: a bright, strong and happy you
Paying close attention to your dental health, following a proper oral care regimen and having regular professional check-ups are all worth the time and effort. You can prevent plaque and tartar build-up, tooth decay, incidences of halitosis and periodontal disease. However, there are other benefits that come with good dental hygiene. In the absence of oral diseases, you will also enjoy:
A boost in self-esteem and confidence
It’s difficult to feel good about yourself when you are aware that your mouth is not in the best condition. This is especially so because the first point of personal contact we have with others is usually face to face - our smile and conversation build the first impression about us. When your teeth are not in tiptop shape or you have bad breath, it can take focus away from your personality. But when you decide to take action by improving your oral care and seeking professional assistance, you embark on a journey to a healthy mouth and oral hygiene levels, which boost your confidence and enhance your smile.
Better control of blood sugar levels (diabetes)
What does good oral care have to do with diabetes? Oral diseases have a two-way relationship with diabetes. Think of it this way, oral diseases are infections that result from poor oral care in combination with bacterial activity in the mouth. Such infections result in elevated sugar levels, which in the case of diabetics can complicate the condition. In the inverse, diabetes decreases one’s ability to fight off bacteria, which can eventually translate to gum disease.
However, with good dental hygiene - regularly removing plaque and avoiding build-up - you can manage the amount of sugars in your mouth. Reviewing your diet and sugar intake also forms part of good oral hygiene, which in turn helps manage diabetes.
Lowered risk of heart disease
Studies have shown a connection between serious conditions such as periodontitis and heart disease. Research reveals that people with chronic periodontitis are at a greater risk of developing heart disease. For instance, bacteria that accumulates in the mouth due to poor oral health can enter your bloodstream, attach to the fatty deposits within the blood vessels, cause blood clots and eventually lead to a heart attack. It goes without saying, then, that taking better care of your teeth and gums reduces your chances of suffering from a cardiovascular disease.
Savings on dental care
When your dental care is excellent, then your gums and teeth will be in excellent condition, meaning you avoid advanced oral complications. By maintaining clean oral habits and coming for your 6-monthly dental hygiene treatments, you steer clear of dental diseases and cut down on the costs of dealing with them.
The best way to care for your teeth and gums
Good oral health does not have to be expensive, but it can if you neglect to maintain healthy habits or wait for a small problem to grow into a serious condition. Here are some pointers on how to keep your teeth and gums in the best condition:
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth every day.
- Replace your toothbrush after every third month; replace it sooner if the bristles are no longer in good shape.
- Book hygiene appointments every six months or as advised by your hygienist.
- Book a dental check-up every six months or as advised by your dentist.
- Cut down on your sugar intake; this includes sugary foods and beverages.
- If you notice tooth decay, persistent bad breath or suspect oral disease, make an appointment for a dental hygiene treatment.
The best way to ensure quality dental care is to get it from quality hygienists and dentists. Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic not only covers all your dental hygiene needs at any age, but our dentists and hygienists do so with the utmost professionalism, proficiency and sensitivity to your specific matter.
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