Improve your oral health and hygiene

Prevent not Treat

At PBA Dental Health we take a preventative approach to your gum health. Many people make the mistake of thinking that dental health is just about teeth - in fact gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in the UK.

So, how can you keep your gums healthy?

  • Stop smoking. One of the best decisions you can make for your overall health. In relation to oral health, smoking is a major contributory factor in oral cancer. It can also cause gum inflammation and leads to gum recession which increases plaque build up
  • Steer clear of those sugar filled snacks and fizzy drinks. These can lead to a massive increase in plaque which causes decay and gum disease
  • If you do snack, try and choose ‘tooth friendly’ foods like cheese or fresh fruit. Ideally, stick to eating at mealtimes
  • Enjoy alcohol in moderation. Alcohol can be contributory factor to oral cancer - especially if you smoke as well
  • Eat a well balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Brush your teeth properly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Ideally this should take in the region of 2-2 ½ minutes
  • Regularly floss and clean in between the teeth. Ask us how to if you are not sure - don't worry - a lot of people don't know how to do it properly until they are shown!
  • Visit the hygienist at PBA Dental Health regularly

Why is it so important to see a dental hygienist?

At PBA dental health following your dental examination , if necessary, you will be provided with a programme of hygiene visits. The purpose of a dental hygienist visit is for ‘prevention and plaque control’, this helps our patients to become dentally fit and healthy. Plaque is the enemy of good dental health, and controlling plaque is essential. The hygienist will:

  • Assess and re assess gum health and homecare routines
  • Remove hard plaque
  • Give you the techniques needed to remove plaque from every surface of every tooth every day.

This helps our patients to have:

  • Healthier mouths
  • Better appearance and breath
  • Spend less on treatment long term
  • Less problems and need for treatment in the future
  • A healthier heart
  • More certain dental fitness in the future