The importance of interdental cleaning
Every time you go to the dentist you a re asked about your interdental cleaning routine, what do you use? How often? Most of the time you feel guilty and lie because you don’t actually have a regime. I am going to explain why interdental cleaning is so important and why you should feel ever so slightly guilty if you don’t have one!
Biscuits, cakes, cookies and fizzy drinks all the yummy foods you crave are the devil where your teeth are concerned. The bacterium in your mouth combines with the proteins and food by products to create a sticky film that coats the teeth, commonly known as tartar. If the tartar builds on the front of the teeth then you can spot it yourself using a mirror however tartar is sneaky and likes to go behind the teeth, in-between and under the gums, places that you can’t spot yourself.
Once tartar has formed it can be the advocate for several problems; firstly your gums, it can irritate and make them very sore which is often why they bleed. Eventually this becomes ‘gingivitis’ a mild form of gum disease and it can also slowly penetrate the layers and becomes periodontitis. It also can slowly get through the layers of the teeth to form cavities, again when spotted early it is a lot easier to treat but when left it can get through many layers and need more extensive treatment.
So how do we prevent this tartar forming in between our teeth?
Once you have tartar build up, it cannot be removed manually it must be done by a hygienist or a dentist. Our hygienist Yana knows which mouthwash / interdental gadget and toothbrush it is that you need to help prevent plaque build-up. We have all the products here so she can give you a demonstration, you can even buy them after your appointment if it is more convenient for you.
If you would like more information on our hygiene appointments and the Oral Hygiene Advice please call us on 0207 531 1717, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re waiting to help you.