The Cullen Dental Practice has moved to Century Dental Clinic, Ravenna Rd, Putney, SW15 6AW, 0208 788 9999
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Good oral hygiene is mandatory for healthy teeth and gums. A healthy mouth is important to your overall general health as some of the bacteria which cause gum problems are implicated in heart and lung disease.
Therefore it is important to brush and floss your teeth daily to help prevent problems arising. If you experience bleeding on brushing or flossing, tooth sensitivity, food packing between the teeth or bad breath you will need to visit your dentist.
Regular visits to the dentist and hygienist will allow them to monitor your oral health. These visits are important because some dental problems produce no symptoms and you may not be aware that a problem has arisen.
Early diagnosis of decay in teeth and gum disease can then be made and should minimise the amount of dental treatment you may need. Your hygienist will devise an individual oral hygiene programme for you which will show you the best ways of brushing and flossing.
In the meantime:
Remember the old adage – prevention is better than cure! This also applies to good oral health.
The greatest benefit in preventive dentistry is the last 50 years is the use of fluoride. This has had the effect of reducing cavities enormously, especially in the young.
There are benefits in the use of fluoride for people of all ages. Fluoride joins onto the enamel of teeth and alters the physical chemistry to be better able to resist acid attack from either dietary sources e.g fizzy drinks and fruit juices, or that formed by dental plaque.
Fluoride can help to repair very small cavities by rebuilding the enamel. In older patients fluoride can help to prevent the problem of root caries or root sensitivity.
We recommend fluoride tooth pastes for all of our patients. The efficacy of the fluoride in protecting the enamel is related to the frequency of its application. We also recommend fluoride rinses, which are most effective last thing at night after the teeth have been cleaned.
After brushing or rinsing teeth it is very important not to rinse with water. It is better to leave the fluoride in contact with the enamel to make it harder. If using rinses, it is recommended to keep manufacturers instructions for use.