Support your at-home oral care efforts with regular visits to the hygienist.
Not only is good oral hygiene important for reducing the presence of plaque and therefore gum disease, it benefits your overall health. As plaque can enter the bloodstream and constrict the arteries, it poses a risk to your heart health. Diabetes is also strongly linked with gum disease, and multiple studies suggest Alzheimer’s can also be a consequence of poor oral health.
It’s important that you see your hygienist as soon as possible if you become pregnant, as hormone levels can have a negative impact on your gum health.
It’s true that regular visits to the dental hygienist are essential for maintaining healthy gums. However, good oral health starts at home.
You should be brushing and flossing twice a day, and drinking plenty of water to wash away food particles. A healthy and low-sugar diet is also an important component where good oral health is concerned. Here at Dentistry at Holme, we can create a tailored plan to improve your oral hygiene, and advise on the kinds of food and drink to avoid. We can also support you in quitting habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, to give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding gum disease.Back to General Dentistry
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