Hygienist & Oral Hygiene Program

Keeping your smile bright and your breath fresh

Although you may be meticulous with your oral hygiene routine brushing twice a day and flossing, it’s still important to schedule an appointment with a hygienist every six months.

Plaque contains bacteria and is a clear sticky film on the surface of your teeth and gums. When plaque is not removed by daily brushing it hardens to become tartar, which cannot be removed by the bristles of a toothbrush.

If left untreated, tartar can lead to the development of gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Oral Hygiene Instruction

Getting the most out of your daily routine

Brushing removes tiny food particles left from daily meals and snacks from between teeth, helping prevent tooth decay.

It’s important to brush twice a day, once after breakfast and most importantly before you go to sleep.

Equally as important is how you brush. And you don’t need a long line of toothpaste on your brush, just use about the size of your little fingernail.

  1. For the front of your front teeth, angle your brush at about 45 degrees and brush in small circular motions. This also massages your gums while removing plaque
  2. For the back of your front teeth, hold your brush vertically and brush up and down ensuring you brush your gums as well as your tooth surface. Brush each tooth individually.
  3. For your back teeth use a horizontal forward and back motion across the top of your teeth, this will help the bristles get into the deep grooves. Then tilt your brush to 45 degrees – like for your front teeth – and brush the outside and inside of your back teeth and gums
  4. For fresh breath brush your tongue, roof of your mouth and cheeks.

A thorough brushing routine should take between 2 – 3 minutes.

Effective flossing techniques:

Flossing can take a few attempts to master, but it’s an essential part of an oral health routine.

Flossing before bed will remove any food particles from between your teeth so they are not there all night. It’s a good idea to floss before brushing to ensure you don’t miss anything.

  1. With a piece of floss approximately 50cm long, wrap it around each index finger, leaving a length of about 5cm
  2. Grip the floss between your thumb and index finger and curve it around your tooth so it forms the shape of a ‘C’
  3. Slide the floss up and down the side of the tooth as well as below the gum line. This will open the gum pockets and keep them free from food particles
  4. Select a new, clean length of floss from around your fingers and floss each tooth individually.

Healthy diet, healthy mouth:

Eating your way to a beautiful smile

Your diet is just as important for the health of your teeth and gums as it is for you body. Foods rich in calcium and iron, such as crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrot and celery sticks are good for strengthening tooth enamel.

Drinking water helps neutralise food acid from sugary snacks like lollies, cakes and biscuits as well as sugary soft and sports drinks.

Coffee, tea and red wine can contribute to tooth discolouration. Apart from its general health effects, smoking severely stains teeth and can make some people unsuitable for restorative treatments such as dental implants and whitening treatments.