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Regular preventative dental care is an easy and effective way to healthier teeth and gums.

There are three main ways to optimise your oral health:

  • Regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist
  • Daily dental hygiene – brushing, interdental cleaning and mouthwash
  • A balanced diet and healthy lifestyle

Preventative dental care reduces the risk of tooth decay, cavities and gum disease and boosts the natural appearance of your teeth. In addition to taking care of exiting dental treatment you may have had.

How often should I see a dentist?

At Bassett Dental Practice, our recommendations are based on tailored advice following a full assessment. However, it is often advisable to see your dentist twice a year for a dental check-up and to identify any early signs of tooth decay or damage. Any problem areas can be thoroughly examined, and it allows us to give you tailored advice and answer any questions you may have.

The Hygienist

A dental hygienist plays an essential role within the dental team. They are highly skilled with helping patients develop appropriate oral hygiene habits,  prevention, maintenance and the treatment of gum disease.

 Regular hygiene cleaning removes plaque and tartar as well as bacterial deposits along the gum line. They can also remove staining for a brighter smile and clean those hard to reach areas. Your hygienist may use Airflow® Tooth Polishing or a classic scale and polish. This is an excellent way to maintain your oral health.

How can I improve my dental hygiene?

We recommend brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day with an electric toothbrush. It is advisable to use fluoride toothpaste.

You can also optimise your dental hygiene by regular flossing/ interdental cleaning,  tongue scraping and changing your toothbrush every 3 months or when you notice the bristles starting to look worn.

Using a mouthwash at a separate time to your normal brushing is can be beneficial in prevention of dental disease.

Is it possible to reduce the risk of dental problems?

Yes, in combination with a good oral hygiene regime, a balanced diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce the potential risks of tooth decay and gum disease:

  • Cutting down or stopping smoking
  • Reducing consumption of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Reducing consumption of sweets, sugar-rich and acidic foods
  • Read the packaging on what you consume, you may be surprised!
  • Ensure if you have anything sugary it is limited to your mealtimes, any snacks should be sugar free
  • Be careful with hard foods such as nuts, pork cracklings, and so on to avoid fracturing teeth
  • Avoid sticky foods such as toffees as they can cause restorations to be lost but also stick to teeth, increasing risk of decay

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