While most people understand the importance of clean, fresh teeth and gums, they often let things slip between check-ups, especially when birthdays and festive celebrations get in the way. However, this is a time when patients should be even more conscientious than normal. Following a strict flossing and brushing routine and drinking plenty of pure water should be priority in the minds of most people. The odd sweet treat aside, it’s vital to remember the importance of oral health and to maintain a healthy balanced diet in between dentist check-ups.
Regular visits to a Manchester dentist are a good way for patients to learn effective oral care techniques. A dental professional will quickly notice areas that need extra attention and can help by explaining how to brush and floss correctly. If the patient is using the wrong products in their oral care programme, the dentist can suggest, and sometimes even provide, suitable alternatives.
Since dentistry should be about prevention rather than cure, the best option is to find a surgery with a dedicated oral hygiene clinic. As well as educating patients in oral health techniques, they offer a range of prophylactic treatments such as polishing and the removal of tartar and plaque. They also tend to stock professional products to use at home.
While a dentist in Manchester will be able to point out any areas for improvement during patient check-ups, they should also be able to recommend the services of a dental hygienist when necessary.