Dental hygiene is vital in maintaining a healthy mouth. It involves making sure that dental plaque is removed from your teeth every day. If left, bacteria in plaque can cause decay, bad breath and gum disease.
Decay happens when sugars in food and drinks react with the bacteria in plaque, forming acids. Every time you eat or drink anything containing sugars, the bacteria reacts with it to form acid. These acids attack the teeth and start to dissolve the enamel eventually causing a cavity.
We can help treat any existing dental health issues but more importantly give you the advice and techniques to prevent problems from happening in the future. Cleaning away the plaque regularly from in between the teeth is one of the ways of maintaining tooth and gum health.
Hannah, our Dental Hygienist, will remove the plaque from around your teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that builds up on your teeth and is mostly made of bacteria. The bacteria feed on sugar from food and drink producing acids as a waste product. The acid attacks the teeth by dissolving minerals in the tooth surface which can result in tooth decay and gum inflammation.
Gum disease now also has links to:
- Heart disease
- Low birth weight in pregnancy
- Respiratory disease