Dental Therapist Q&A

We’ve asked our resident Dental Therapist, Ruth Lovering, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on dental health.  We start with some of the more basic questions she is faced with during her busy day. 

We will be adding more questions and answers to the list.  However, if you would like to ask a question, please feel free to send them to us.

Q. When should I brush my teeth?

A. Everyone should brush their teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Once in the morning and last thing at night making sure that any drink consumed during the night is just water. Make sure you spit out after brushing but it is now recommended that you do not rinse thus enabling the fluoride in the toothpaste to help your teeth.

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Q. What is the best way to clean my teeth?

A. No particular technique has been shown to be better than another, however each person should check with their dentist/therapist or hygienist as their method may need to be modified to ensure all the teeth surfaces are cleaned every time.

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Q. My gums bleed when I brush my teeth.  Is this normal?

A. No, it is not normal in an otherwise healthy mouth.  Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gingivitis and you should visit your dentist/therapist or hygienist for a check-up. They will check your teeth and gums and remove any plaque or tartar that has built up.  They will also advise on the best way to clean your teeth, so that you can remove plaque build-up on a daily basis.  They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, such as Eludril.  It is important for you to seek help as if left untreated, gingivitis may lead to periodontal disease and this is more difficult to reverse.

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How do I know if I have gum disease

All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. 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.  Gum disease can best be described as swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues that support the teeth.  There are two main types ­ gingivitis and periodontal disease. 
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums and is identified by red and swollen gums which may bleed when they are brushed.  This is the early stage of gum disease and is completely reversible. If you remove the plaque, your gums will recover.
Periodontal disease occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. Plaque and tartar accumulate at the base of the teeth.  Inflammation causes a pocket to develop between the teeth and gums, which fills with plaque and tartar.  The gum tissue swells and traps the plaque in the pocket.  Continued inflammation eventually causes destruction of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.  Because plaque contains bacteria, infection is likely and a periodontal tooth abscess may also develop, which increases the rate of bone destruction.
The signs you should look for are:
- Inflammation of the gums, causing them to look red, swollen and to bleed easily
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Regular mouth infections
If you have any of these signs, the first thing to do is to visit your dentist for a thorough check-up and to get treatment underway as soon as possible.
 

 
 
 
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