Preventing Gum Disease

Coronavirus COVID-19

 

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, you will be pleased to know, we will remain open!

There are no restrictions with regards to medical /dental treatment and you are actively encouraged to keep your appointments.

Just to reiterate when you arrive at the Practice:

·      We advise that you always wear a mask while inside the dental practice and only remove your mask at the request of the dental professional.

·      Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for an appointment due to social distancing guidelines.

·      As you enter the building you will need to use the alcohol disinfectant rub to disinfect your hands.

In the meantime, please stay safe and contact us if you have any questions

NHS appointments are in very high demand and we may be unable to offer appointments for non urgent treatment and waiting times for NHS treatments may be several weeks.

To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing and flossing. It is also important to avoid risk factors of gum disease such as smoking.

Use small circular movements with the brush held at 45 degrees to the tooth. Move systematically around the mouth remembering to clean the inside surfaces and the biting surfaces. A good technique will take 2 minutes.

 

 

 

The TePe interdental brush is used to clean in between teeth. Turning the brush on insertion will help access.

Used daily, it removes plaque and debris where your usual brush cannot reach. For spaces at the back of the mouth, bend the brush in a slight curve to help you access the more difficult to reach areas.

A choice of 8 colour-coded sizes is available to help clean different sized spaces.

 

 

 

Food debris accumulates between the teeth and if not removed, bacteria will develop and plaque will form. Use the floss with a back and forth motion and with a vertical action until all the plaque is removed. Work the floss gently under the gum.