There are three main ways to optimise your oral health:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: