At Goodall Dental Practice, we believe that prevention is better than cure; detecting problems before they happen is far less costly and easier to manage than treating diseased teeth. We focus on prevention by ensuring that you know how to look after your teeth and gums, allowing you to eat and drink in comfort and smile with confidence. All of the team at Goodall Dental Practice focus on your oral hygiene as the foundation stone of any treatment.
Why is oral hygiene important?
Good dental hygiene will help prevent bad breath and also helps to prevent dental problems – by removing the plaque and tartar which are the main causes of gum disease and tooth decay. A healthy mouth can boost your confidence knowing that your teeth and gums are at their best and good oral hygiene will help you hold on to your teeth for longer. Good oral hygiene may also help to prevent or delay dental erosion, and there are now well established relationships between the health of your mouth and gums and certain conditions such as cardiovascular disease.
What can happen if your oral hygiene is not that great?
Poor oral hygiene will quickly result in a build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film made up of millions decay and gum disease causing bacteria. It can build up along your gum line, creating an environment for additional bacteria to accumulate in the space between your gums and your teeth. This gum infection is known as gingivitis, if left unchecked this can develop into a more serious gum infection called periodontitis. When combined with sugar in the diet, plaque bacteria can also start the process of dental decay, leading to cavities, which if untreated can lead to dental infections and abscesses.
What can Goodall Dental Practice do?
We believe that every mouth is unique, and the team at Goodall Dental Practice are highly skilled and trained to provide you oral hygiene advice and instruction tailored to your individual needs. At your dental examination, we observe and record the condition of your mouth, including the presence of plaque and any sites that aren’t as clean as they should be. We look for the signs of gum disease and dental decay and we record how much protective saliva is present.
We can then give you tailor-made oral hygiene instruction, with demonstrations, hints and tips and recommendations on which dental products will help you keep your mouth as healthy as possible.