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Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Studies prove that oral health is intrinsically linked to overall health, making dental hygiene an essential for good health. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body!
 

Brushing and flossing

help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums.  The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay.  Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease.Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
 

  • Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
  • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

 
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush.  If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
 

Periodontist

If your dentist thinks your gum disease is very far advanced  and can not be treated by himself or our hygienist and requires specialist treatment, he will refer you to a gum specialist known as a Periodontist.
 
To book an appointment with the Dental Hygienist call:
Park Clinic Dental 01 2853666
Knocklyon Dental 01 4936909