15 Apr

City of London dentists help to improve oral hygiene

We all know the importance of good oral hygiene and are probably aware of the consequences of not maintaining it as we should. Yet the fact that tooth decay is on the increase and that 90% of us will experience gum disease at some point shows that we should be doing more.
Effective oral hygiene can be achieved in two ways. Firstly, by proper cleaning of teeth at home with brushing and flossing and secondly, by going to the dentists every six months for a check up. Brushing and flossing remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is a filmy substance that coats the teeth and releases acids, which erode the tooth enamel. If this is allowed to continue it will eventually penetrate to the sensitive central part of the teeth and cause an infection. Not only will this be painful but it could also result in tooth loss. By brushing and flossing you can keep your teeth free from as much plaque as possible helping to reduce the chances of enamel erosion. There are other ways of keeping your teeth clean such as inter-dental brushes and tongue scrapers also help to remove harmful bacteria from the oral cavity. Ask your Central London dentist how best to look after your teeth.
Brushing and flossing don’t just keep teeth clean but they can also help to prevent bad breath. Food particles that are stuck in the teeth attract bacteria which release foul odours. This is the cause of most cases of bad breath and is quite easily dealt with by stepping up your oral hygiene.
Finally, remember to visit your dentist on a regular basis. They can address any issues that are nor being dealt with by teeth cleaning and treat the first signs of any decay or disease, as well as checking for oral cancer.