Looking after your smile

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Team of Dental Hygienists

 

We have a team of three Dental Hygienists at the practice to help you maintain your oral health. The emphasis at MainStreetDental is on preventive care, to achieve this we encourage our patients to have a maintenance program with our hygiene team.

Of course not all dental practices have the services of a Dental Hygienist, however since 1st May 2013 you may see a Dental Hygienist directly or you may ask your current Dentist to refer you see a Dental Hygienist here.

Seeing a Dental Hygienist directly does not remove the need to have an examination with a Dentist as the Dental Hygienist is not expected to make a diagnosis beyond their scope of practice.

What can a dental hygienist do for me? The General Dental Council produces guidance on what dental hygienists can do with appropriate training. Amongst other things, a dental hygienist can:

  • Provide dental hygiene care to a wide range of patients
  • Plan the delivery of care for patients to improve and maintain their periodontal health
  • Obtain a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate their medical history complete periodontal examination and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease
  • Prescribe and take radiographs if qualified to do so.
  • Provide preventive oral care to patients and liaise with dentists over the treatment of caries, periodontal disease and tooth wear
  • Undertake supragingival (above the gum) and subgingival (below the gum) scaling and root debridement using manual and powered instruments

 

See a Dental Hygienist

  • To help keep your smile healthy
  • To treat your bad breath problems
  • To treat your gum problems
  • To help you maintain your dental implants
  • To whiten your teeth
  • To prevent tooth loss from tooth decay and gum disease
  • To remove those un-sightly stains

Education is one of our major roles in combating dental problems, and our first task has to be to help you maintain a good level of care. Our Dentists have the skill and the tools to do wonders with your mouth but this is of no use if that work goes into the same environment that created the problem in the first place.

We will also remove the deposits (tartar) from around your teeth so that it is easier for you to clean them efficiently and start their journey back to health. This may take a number of visits to achieve, but we will discuss and agree your programme with you.

Some of you may have more advanced gum problems and need a more advanced treatment plan which will include a more detailed assessment of your condition (full periodontal charting), initial treatment planning and treatment and if necessary referral to a specialist. All of this can be managed and agreed between us to help you maintain your teeth.

All our dentistry starts from a position of improving your health.



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Oral Health Tips

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don't rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job.

  • Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

  • Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.

  • Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Store your toothbrush in an upright position, if possible, and allow it to air dry until using it again. Don't routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, which can encourage the growth of bacteria.

  • Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

Visit Brush DJ for a fun way to encourage you to brush.

Getting between teeth

Many people believe that brushing is all you need to do to clean your teeth, however that ignores one of the major areas of problems.

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What is an interdental brush?

An interdental brush is a small brush specially designed for cleaning between your teeth, where a regular toothbrush doesn’t reach. Using an interdental brush every day, as a complement to toothbrushing, is an easy and efficient method to keep your gums and teeth fresh and healthy. Cleaning with an interdental brush prevents gum inflammation, cavities and bad breath.

Dental floss can be effective when the interdental spaces are very tight. This is often the first option when you start flossing in the late teens (or earlier if recommended by a dentist).