A guide to keeping a healthy and bacteria-free mouth

We don’t need to tell you that practising good hygiene equates to perfect dental health. That said, we find that a lot of patients put their teeth and gums at risk because they are not brushing well or for long enough, nor do they see us as often as they should.

One of the reasons why people do not see their tooth doctor frequently is because they move. Finding a new oral health provider can be a challenge, especially if you have seen the same dentist for years and with whom you have built a trusting relationship.

If you find yourself searching Google for a ‘Dentist near me’, please consider us as a viable option. Our dental team at Healthy Smile Centre are a highly skilled, family-focussed practitioners who come with years of experience accompanied by a warm, non-judgemental manner.

What could be the cause of my dental issues?

More often than not, patients come to us with problems caused by a poor oral health routine. While unpleasant, conditions like gum disease are common, most adults will experience them in a mild to moderate way during their lifetime.

So how does one contract gum disease and can it be reversed or prevented entirely?

Bad hygiene is the primary cause. While people may have all the necessary resources available to them, they may not brush correctly or put in the effort as their cleaning habits are not thorough or frequent.

After you eat or drink your teeth might begin to feel ‘furry’. This is called plaque. Plaque, made up of leftover food and saliva, clings to your teeth and around your gum line. Contained within plaque are bacteria that attack the enamel of your teeth and your gums.

It can take just 24 hours for this harmful substance to accumulate. If you fail to remove this plaque, it can calcify into tartar, a hardened matter that one can typically only be gotten rid of with a professional clean.

While inconvenient and uncomfortable, gum disease in its early stages is treatable and reversible. Let us help you to get your mouth clean, fresh and hygienic with our healthy smile ‘5 stage hygiene clean’ and other related treatments.

What is the 5 stage hygiene clean?

Look forward to a healthier smile and fresh breath with a 5 stage hygiene clean.

The treatment, which is our take on the traditional scaling and root planing, is a deep clean our oral hygienist administers.

The first three steps incorporate intensive scaling to remove bacteria trapped in the small spaces between your teeth, above and below your gums. All areas of your mouth, even the hardest ones to reach are given a thorough cleaning.

Afterwards, we floss for you and then polish your teeth for a smooth finish.

What can I do to keep my mouth in mint condition following the treatment?

Brush your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes and also remember to floss. Rinsing with mouthwash can help to remove any remaining bacteria.

Visit us twice a year for a routine check-up. If you do not live in the area, look for ‘dentists near me’ online for reputable dental practitioners. Any issues we detect are likely to be treatable if an early diagnosis is made.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.