Dr Ana Mackinnon offers her advice on caring for your teeth
Ana is available to offer teeth cleaning in Covent Garden and dental treatments in Holborn and Soho
Do you know what preventive care is?
Preventive care is a modern approach to dentistry.
Preventive dentistry aims to reduce the amount of dental treatment needed by focussing on helping you to maintain a healthy mouth. This helps to avoid dental problems such as decay, gum disease, etc.
The two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. Prevention is better than cure so it is much better for our clients to know how to keep their mouth healthy. In a healthy mouth it is unlikely that decay or gum disease will continue to be a problem.
Food and drinks containing sugar cause decay. If you cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks this will help a lot. Foods such as cheese, fruit, nuts, and vegetables are better for your teeth.
Gum disease is mainly caused by plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that contains a combination of saliva and bacteria. Plaque is usually easy to remove by brushing and flossing your teeth, but it can harden and form a substance called tartar if it is not removed.
There are also a group of factors that might increase the risk of developing problems with your gums. These include:
The cost of poor dental hygiene can be very high!
In order to maintain a good oral hygiene please take note of the following tips:
- Making regular visits to the dentist is important.
- Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss- brushing alone only cleans about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth.
- Bleeding gums could be the early signs of periodontal disease and patients should see a dentist if this condition persists.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as these can increase the risk of gum disease.
If you want to know more about preventive dentistry, come to Smilepod for one of our combination treatments, which includes a teeth cleaning and dental check up.
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