Hygiene and Prevention
A Dental Hygienist can help you to prevent damage and keep your gums healthy. At Madoc Dental Care our priority is to improve and maintain our patients long-term oral health, with the belief that prevention is better than cure. Our team of professionals work together to educate and treat patients to a very high standard, tailored to individual needs in a language patients understand.
We also appreciate the importance in educating children and new families from an early age, to help provide children with the knowledge and guidance needed to keep them dentally fit throughout their lifetime.
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused by having too much sugar in the diet. This feeds the sugar bugs that naturally occur in your mouth, they then produce an acid that causes the holes in your teeth.
How can I help prevent tooth decay?
Reducing your daily intake of sugar will help prevent tooth decay, combined with good oral hygiene. Sugar is found in a lot of foods and drinks both artificially and naturally, so it’s important to check labels. Interestingly it does not matter how many sugars you have in your tea/coffee the effect on your teeth is still the same, whether you have one or four. This shows the frequency you have sugar throughout the day is more important that the amount.
What can the dentist and hygienist do to help with preventative care?
Both the dentist and the hygienist can educate you with methods of how to prevent poor oral health. This involves diet advice, fluoride application, oral hygiene instruction and regular recalls to monitor any changes.
How often should I visit the dentist and the hygienist?
Normally you will visit the dentist and the hygienist every 6 months. However, this is dependent on a low caries risk and good gum health. Some people will be seen every 3 months and occasionally on a yearly basis.
At Madoc Dental Care we offer complimentary appointments to children under the age of 11, and a £5.16 a month plan for children aged between 11 and 17 years. With regular visits to monitor mouth changes and habits, we are able to prevent, treat and refer at early stages to help children look after their teeth and mouths throughout their lifetime.
When should children start to visit the dentist?
As soon as children have teeth, they should visit the dentist. This will help the child get used to coming and prevent any dental fears arising. Also children’s teeth are softer that adult teeth, therefore they can get decay in them easier. Regular visits mean the dentist can prevent and treat any decay at an early stage.
These are our tips for decay prevention for children…
- Children get their first tooth through around 6 months of age.
- As the teeth come through use a soft toothbrush with a pea sized amount of children’s toothpaste.
- Try to make tooth brushing a fun activity to do.
- Children like to copy things, so if you brush your teeth in front of them they will want to copy and do the same.
- You should help brush your child’s teeth for 2 minutes twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Once in the morning and once before bed. Until your child can show they can brush on their own.
- Try using an egg timer or playing their favourite song while brushing your child’s teeth.
- Spit the toothpaste out don’t rinse! This will wash away the good fluoride off the teeth.
- Drinking milk and water throughout the day rather than fruit juice or fizzy drinks is healthier for teeth to grow.
- Try not to put your child to bed with a bottle full of milk, juice or anything else sugary as the sugar will stay on their teeth overnight.
- Teeth love crunchy fruit and vegetables to keep them healthy and strong. Try apples, carrots, pears and healthy snacks.
- You should not give children anything sugary within an hour of bedtime.
- You should start bringing your children with you to the dentist for regular dental exams to get them used to coming to see us!
Dental Hygienist Clinic
Dental Hygienist Services – Angela Smith
Dental hygiene is key to a healthy smile and improving your overall health. At Madoc Dental Care we are able to accommodate our hygiene services to non-registered patients.
The hygienist will complete a detailed check of your gums to decide a treatment plan, and a thorough cleaning with special equipment. One of the most important roles of the Hygienest is they will teach you how to look after your teeth at home, this is important to help prevent gum disease, decay and look after any work you have had done.
The purpose of dental cleaning is too remove the hard and soft deposits off your teeth that lie above and below the gum line. The Hygienest is able to reach areas that you might not be able to at home.
The hygienist will then use an abrasive polish on the crowns of your teeth to remove any remaining surface stains and leave your mouth feeling fresh. Our Hygienist can also advice regarding tooth whitening, and decay prevention through diet management and fluoride application.