We all know that poor oral hygiene leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Scientific research has now also identified a link between poor oral health and heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke and some degenerative conditions. For these reasons it is important to have an effective daily routine for cleaning your teeth and gums.
The correct technique for cleaning will be taught to you by your hygienist and/or dental surgeon.
We recommend the use of the following items…
- A good quality rechargeable electric toothbrush used for two minutes twice daily
- A good quality, age appropriate, fluoride-containing toothpaste
- Interdental brushes (of the correct size – your hygienist will help you with this)
- Floss Tape (or equivalent Flossettes)
The treatments, practices and advice given at Ivy Cross Dental Surgery are founded in conventional techniques derived from scientific research and evidence-based Dentistry, Medicine and Surgery.
The following extract is based on a patient leaflet produced by the European Federation of Periodontology and gives some guidance on cleaning. More information can also be found from the British Society of Periodontology in our ‘Important Links’ section.