Oral Health and Hygiene - Huddersfield
Dental (oral) health and hygiene refers to the process of keeping your mouth and teeth clean by following a disciplined routine of correct brushing and flossing. Correct oral hygiene helps prevent the build-up of plaque (a film of bacteria) on the teeth and gums which often precedes decay and gum disease.
Good oral hygiene leaves the teeth and gums in healthy condition whereas bad oral hygiene can result in one or more of the following conditions:
- Gum disease (gingivitis) - Swollen or bleeding gums
- Tooth decay
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Loose teeth
- Tartar or calculus
- Stained teeth
Maintenance of good dental hygiene:
- Good brushing or flossing – our dentists will show you exactly how to do this. Done incorrectly e.g. too hard, can result in tooth and gum erosion
- Regular visits to our dentists and hygienists for examination and cleaning of your teeth
- Healthy food for healthy teeth. Sticky foods with high sugar content or drinks with a high acid content are particularly bad for oral hygiene and should only be consumed in moderation. Foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly those with a high fibre content, promote saliva flow which helps neutralise acids and keep the teeth clean
Our highly qualified dentists and hygienist will instruct you in the correct techniques to maintain good oral hygiene during your regular check-ups.