Keeping your mouth healthy

At Maypark Dental Practice, we believe in advising and motivating our patients to achieve optimum oral health. This is achieved through multiple steps as outlined below:

Brushing your teeth

OralHealth1We recommend that you brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Make sure to brush all tooth surfaces and don’t forget your tongue! The type of brush you use will differ for each person but soft or medium bristles are recommended. We highly advise using an electric toothbrush that has a rotating round brush head as these have be shown to clean teeth better than any other type of brush. Ask during your appointment which brush we recommend for you.

Cleaning hard to reach areas

OralHealth2Many people are good at brushing the visible surfaces of their teeth but this is only half way to making your smile sparkle. We recommend that you clean the interdental areas between your teeth before you brush each night. We recommend the use of floss or interdental/TePe brushes. There are also specialised interdental cleaning products for braces, bridges and dental implants.

Our hygienist Elaine Mooney will advise you on the correct technique to clean between your teeth, and suggest what product is suitable for your needs.

How your diet affects your oral health

OralHealth3Each time we eat, our mouth becomes more acidic, which can harm the enamel layer of each tooth leading to erosion and decay. It takes about 20 mins for this pH to return to normal so it’s important to give the mouth time to recover between meals.

Frequency is worse than quantity, so if you like a sweet treat it’s better to have it with a meal than later in the day. These effects are heightened by high sugar foods and fizzy drinks. Sipping on fizzy drinks over the course of the day is a detrimental habit for your teeth. If you must drink fizzy drinks, we recommend using a straw to avoid contact of the drink with the teeth.

Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly

OralHealth4During your dental checkup your mouth will be screened for oral problems such as gum recession, caries & erosion, oral cancer, jaw misalignment and other early signs of more serious disorders. We recommend that you have a dental checkup every 6 months to keep your mouth in check.

Our hygienist scales and polishes your teeth. This is probably the most important task in dentistry as this ensures the overall health of your teeth, gums and supporting tissues and prevents bad breath. The number of visits required will depend on the amount of staining, plaque and tartar on the teeth. Sometimes local anaesthetic can be given to make the procedure more comfortable.