Tooth decay is where the structure of the tooth is damaged when acid is formed in plaque. This builds up on the teeth over time, damaging the enamel and dentine and leading to decay, gum disease or dental abscesses.
The old adage prevention is better than cure is certainly true when it comes to looking after the health of your teeth. A healthy routine for caring for your teeth from an early age will go a long way to keeping your teeth in good condition, well into old age. It’s never too late to change your habits and adopt a new dental cleaning and maintenance routine.
We recommend that you:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably in the morning and before going to bed, for two minutes, with a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between the teeth. (We have these products available at our reception desk for you to purchase)
- Rinse daily with mouthwash. Some mouth rinses contain antiseptic ingredients that kill bacteria. Ask your dentist to recommend the product that is best for your individual treatment plan
- Eat a balance nutritious diet and avoid too many sugary foods and drinks that allow a build up of plaque to form on your teeth, which can lead to decay
- Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to check you dental health and keep you teeth and gums is tip top condition
- Book your new patient examination today and check your current dental health and find out how we can improve your oral hygiene.
If you have any other questions please ask our team or contact us on 020 8660 4365.