Dentist Armadale for oral hygiene solutions

It is now known that periodontal disease has been linked to various medical conditions including:

  • Coronary arterial plaque blockages
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Numerous other medical conditions

At Dental Care Group, it our stated mission to provide the latest and best-tailored preventative program for each patient.
This in turn will lead to healthier teeth and gums AND general health. For more information about our preventative approach, stop by our Armadale dental clinic or contact us to organise a consultation.

Dentist Armadale for oral hygiene solutions

Personalised hygiene program

Our hygienists are licensed dental professionals who specialise in preventative care.

They provide meticulous cleaning and maintenance of the teeth and gums and will develop a personalised oral hygiene program to suit your needs.

The most powerful and important thing that we can educate our patients about is the correct brushing and interdental (between the teeth cleaning) techniques. Tailoring the correct techniques for each patient and suggesting products to suit their individual needs is a powerful tool in preventative dentistry.

What is oral hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean, and is considered to be the best means of prevention of cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, periodontal and other dental diseases.

Preventative hygiene solutions from Dental Care Group

Your appointment includes:

  • Evaluation of the health of the gums
  • Meticulous cleaning and polishing of the teeth including below the gum level
  • Identification of oral conditions such as bad breath and dry mouth, as well as any abnormalities
  • Advice on oral products to help various oral conditions
  • Application of decay prevention products
  • Taking of Dental x-rays for diagnostic purposes, under the direction of our dentist
  • Instruction on correct brushing and interdental cleaning (flossing, pixtering or other interproximal technique)
  • Evaluation of the health of the gums
  • Meticulous cleaning and polishing of the teeth including below the gum level
  • Identification of oral conditions such as bad breath and dry mouth, as well as any abnormalities
  • Advice on oral products to help various oral conditions
  • Application of decay prevention products
  • Taking of Dental x-rays for diagnostic purposes, under the direction of our dentist
  • Instruction on correct brushing and interdental cleaning (flossing, pixtering or other interproximal technique)

Our dentist Armadale will also provide you a tailored hygiene program with recommended visits every three, six, or 12 months.

Dentist Armadale advice - Brushing technique

Brushing technique

You do it every day, but do you really know the correct way to brush your teeth? We recommend using a soft to medium bristle on either a manual or quality electric toothbrush. For the fronts of the teeth, with either type of brush, we recommend a 45-degree angle facing downwards for lower teeth, or 45-degree angle facing upwards for upper teeth. We also recommend starting at the back on one side and systematically moving to the other side, spending at least 10 seconds on each group of two or three teeth.

With an electric toothbrush we recommend short compact brushing again from one side of the mouth to the other side. For the backs of the teeth and just as importantly, turn the toothbrush (manual or electric) around 90 degrees and brush each individual tooth for approximately 3-5 seconds, in a tight up and down action.

In the case of a manual brush, use the head or heel of the brush. You will find that an electric toothbrush will be easier and more effective in the time allotted (than a manual toothbrush), however, it is possible to brush your teeth well with a manual brush.

Dentist Armadale advice - Flossing

Flossing

  • Tear off a 30-40 cm piece of floss, ribbon or tape
  • Using the middle fingers of both hands, wrap the floss as your anchors on these two fingers
  • Using the thumb and forefingers wrap approximately 1 cm of the floss in a “letter C” shape around the curved in between surface
  • You should try and pass the floss down below the gum
  • Be gentle with your movements

Floss tearing on old fillings, or spaces between the teeth lending themselves to food packing, may be causing cavities and or gum problems. These issues can usually be easily fixed, and you should ask your dentist or hygienist about this.

There are several methods of cleaning between the teeth that sometimes may even be more effective – or at least as effective – as flossing. So if you dislike flossing, there are alternatives.

During a consultation, our hygienists can recommend the best technique for in-between cleaning.

Dentist Armadale advice - Other in-between technique

Other in-between technique

Tongue cleaning

There are several methods of tongue cleaning, and the hygiene department here at Dental Care Group strongly recommends it.

As you might know, the tongue contains large amounts of bacteria that replenish the bacterial count in the mouth very quickly if left uncleaned.

This promulgates dental caries and gum diseases more quickly. Further, tongue plaque is the biggest cause of persistent bad breath (halitosis).

Mouthwashes

Various mouthwashes are effective in different ways.

At Dental Care Group, we prefer to consider each patient on the merits of their problems, and mouthwashes, while effective, need to be tailored. Unlike brushing and in-between cleaning, they are not indicated for every patient.