All of us are going through a lot of change right now. COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in many ways. While there are a lot of things we can’t do, we can still take care of our heath. With dental practices across the country postponing non-emergency dental treatment, it’s more important than ever to keep up with your dental home care. Dental hygienists Ann Davidson and Nicole Assimocopolous from North Berwick Dental Centre and Gullane Dental Practice, share tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

With a lot of us working from home and adjusting to new routines, it’s easy to put aside our dental health. Here are a few tips to help: 

• Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. An electric toothbrush is best.

• Cut down on how much sugar you have and how often you have it. Keep sugar consumption to mealtimes. This will reduce the time your teeth are under attack.

• Use inter-dental brushes or floss to clean in between the teeth.

• And, as soon as you can, ensure you make an appointment with either your dentist or hygienist.

Why do you need a hygiene appointment?

Dental hygiene maintenance and treatment are the corner stone of long term dental health and a visit to a hygienist plays a vital role. It is well documented that the health of your gums has a direct link to your general health. During a hygiene visit we’ll will work with you to monitor your dental health and take time to provide you with the skills, tools and techniques you need to help prevent any future problems with your teeth and gums. Plaque biofilm build up causes inflammation and needs to be removed from every tooth surface twice a day. This in turn means your mouth will stay healthy and you’ll eliminate bleeding gums, bad breath and tartar.

Do you know your gum scores?

We can be unaware of slowly progressing gum disease on a day-to-day basis and it’s important not to ignore bleeding and sore gums as these are indicators of gum disease progression. At your hygiene visit, gentle probing is carried out around your teeth to record scores relating to your gum health and tooth-brushing efficacy. Our team will explain the scores and use them to monitor gum health and compare how effective your tooth-brushing and inter-dental cleaning is on a daily basis.

What treatment is carried out?

We provide treatments to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, including treatment of sensitivity and full mouth cleaning. Regular hygiene visits are necessary as gum disease is an ongoing problem and requires regular attention. Untreated gum disease can lead to pockets (gaps) between the teeth and gums  where plaque causes inflammation and eventually bone loss and loose teeth.

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