Hygiene Therapy

Oral hygiene therapy helps prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria and food that forms on the teeth, generates acids that, when not removed on a regular basis, slowly eat away or decay the protective enamel surface of the teeth causing holes (cavities) to form. Plaque also irritates gums and can lead to gum disease (periodontal disease) and tooth loss.

Tooth brushing and flossing remove plaque from teeth, while antiseptic mouthwashes kill some of the bacteria that help form plaque. Fluoride, (found in toothpaste, drinking water, or dental treatments), also helps to protect teeth by binding with enamel to make it stronger.

Regular visits to a Dental Hygienist can help promote oral health. Preventative services a hygienist can perform include fluoride treatments, sealant application, and scaling (scraping off the hardened plaque, called tartar). The dentist can also perform diagnostic services like x-ray imaging and oral cancer screening, as well as treatment services like fillings, crowns, and bridges.


Implant cleaning

If acute marginal inflammation is present, use extra soft filaments around the acutely affected area. A standard brushing technique gently but effectively removes debris. Interdental cleaning with the extra soft range removes plaque comfortably and effectively. Use a standard inter-dental cleaning technique with extra soft filaments.

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Flossing

Debris accumulates between the teeth. If this material is not removed, bacteria will develop and plaque will form. Use the floss with a back-and-forth motion combined with a vertical action until all the plaque is removed. Work the floss gently under the gum.

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Interdental brushing

The TePe interdental brush is used to clean in-between teeth. Used daily, the TePe brush removes plaque and food debris where your usual brush cannot reach. For spaces at the back of the mouth, bend the brush in a slight curve (but never at right angles) to access the more difficult-to-reach areas. Eight colour-coded sizes are available to help clean different sized spaces.

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Power brushing

Angle the bristles at 45º to the gum line. There's no need to scrub — hold the brush in position and after a few seconds sweep the bristles away from the gum. Repeat around the outer and inner surfaces of all teeth.

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