Dental Hygiene in Cambridge


Routine dental hygiene appointments are an important part of maintaining dental health.

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How can I look after my teeth?

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This means cleaning all the surfaces and it involves more than just brushing. You need to clean between your teeth, too. Your dentist or hygienist will show you the best techniques.

Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drink. It is better for your teeth if you limit them to mealtimes.

Visit your dentist at least once a year. Remember, use your dental team for advice to help you avoid treatment rather than waiting for the problems to happen.

Can smoking and drinking affect my teeth and gums?

Yes. Smoking can cause tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and mouth cancer. If you smoke you may need to visit the dentist or hygienist more often, but the best advice is to try and give up smoking.

Some alcoholic drinks contain high sugar levels and some mixed drinks may contain acids, so they can cause decay or erosion if they are frequently consumed in large amounts.

What can I do at home?

It is very important that you keep up a good routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy at home.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste - this involves brushing as you have been shown.
  • Floss your teeth - brushing alone only cleans up to about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth. There are other products you can buy to clean between your teeth (they are called 'interdental brushes').
  • Use a mouthwash - this can help to freshen breath. It can also help to dislodge any food debris.

Is there anything else I can do?

Yes. You can take other steps to help prevent tooth loss, decay and the need for treatment.

  • Cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks.
  • Use a straw when you have fizzy drinks - this helps the drink to go to the back of the mouth and reduces the acid attacks on the teeth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum - it stimulates saliva and stops your mouth drying out and can help to prevent dental decay and erosion.
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year.

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