It’s easy to believe we know everything there is to know about dental hygiene. Brushing twice a day and avoiding sugary food and drinks are things we are informed about from infancy, but there’s more to your oral hygiene that meets the eye. Viva Dental are always happy to provide patients with trustworthy information and support, and have expert Hygiene Therapists within their skilful team. With that in mind, what are the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth?

Hygiene Therapy

74% of all adults have had to have a tooth extracted, and 66% of adults suffer with tooth decay, proving that dental hygiene is a worthy investment. To keep our patients out of those statistics, we offer Hygiene Therapy at our Lancaster practice. These sessions look at your personal dental care, and tailor your oral health routine to avoid issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and dental plaque with improved cleaning techniques. When you visit your hygiene therapist you can expect a full professional clean, leaving you protected against bacteria and infection, with a fresh tasting, gorgeous finish.

Your dental hygienist plays a crucial role within your dental plan, as they put special measures in place with you, to maintain a long-term health plan to prevent infection, decay and disease, if followed correctly.

Regular visits to a good dental hygienist are proven to reduce the risks of gum disease, tooth decay and the build-up of plaque. In fact, by spotting the signs of tooth decay early, it may be possible to treat the problem without the need for drilling or needles.

Healthy Mouth Review

Viva Dental, Lancashire are proud to provide our patients with ‘The Healthy Mouth Review’, an examination that aims to catch dental issues early. These reviews are thorough and analyse your teeth, signs of infection, decay and disease whilst identifying any signs of oral cancer.

Your membership at Viva Dental, is inclusive of The Healthy Mouth Review, and regular Dental Hygienist sessions (typically 2 a year).

Using Floss & Mouthwash

Less than a quarter of adults use dental floss regularly, which is both surprising and concerning. Although brushing with a regularly replaced toothbrush makes great progress in the removal of bacteria, it should not be depended on as the main defender of plaque and decay. While flossing can be overlooked by many, it should not be disregarded as the benefits are countless, and the effect it can have on your oral health long term is rewarding. The ADA reported that “Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach.” And confirmed that “Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque build-up.”

If you are looking to improve your oral hygiene, prevent infection and feel secure in the knowledge your teeth are expertly cared for, why not reach out to our friendly team of experts? We will be happy to answer any questions, and provide you with any additional information necessary.