Oral Hygiene Services
Good oral hygiene wards off plaque build up, bacteria, cavities and bad breath. It plays a vital role in maintaining strong, healthy teeth and also improves your overall wellbeing.
Poor oral hygiene, on the other hand, is a culprit of tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease is an infectious disease caused by excessive plaque build up and multiplying bacteria. Bleeding, red and inflamed gums, tartar, dry mouth (xerostomia), frequent tooth pain, food sensitivity and persistent bad breath (halitosis) are all common symptoms of gum disease in its early stages.
International statistics reveal that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If left untreated, gum disease can also contribute to the onset of more serious health complications, including stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and digestive disorders. That’s why at Grafton Dental Centre, we encourage all patients to practice an excellent oral hygiene regime. A combination of at-home care and professional visits to the dentist will achieve this:
Brushing: Brush at least twice a day (and ideally after meals) for a minimum of two minutes every time. This allows for a thorough enough clean of every tooth surface. Don’t forget to clean your tongue to further remove bad breath-causing bacteria.
Flossing: No matter how much you brush, there will always be areas between your teeth that you miss. It’s important to floss once a day to ensure you remove any leftover food particles or plaque.
Diet: Following a healthy diet is an equally vital part of good oral hygiene. Eat more nutritional foods and limit food and beverages that are high in sugar and carbs, which promote tooth decay.