The Foundations of a Great Smile

Man having a dental appointmentIt’s all well and good wanting white teeth that line up beautifully, but to have a perfect smile usually involves some kind of cosmetic dentistry and no sane dentist in Gloucester is going to get into the realms of cosmetic work unless the mouth is in good health.

But what is good oral health? And how does one maintain it? Well, actually, it’s pretty easy to have a healthy mouth. All it takes is teamwork between the dentist in Gloucester and the patient, plus an attitude that prevention is better than cure. Dentists who focus on preventive care include Implant & Ceramic Dental Studios, which is just outside the city.

The patient’s side of the bargain

The patient is responsible for most of the work involved in keeping the teeth and mouth in good health. Discipline is the main tool in their armoury in the battle against decay and gum disease. But along with that is a good soft-bristled toothbrush used twice a day for 2 minutes with some fluoride. There are electric toothbrushes that count out those 2 minutes into 30-second segments to make the discipline easier.

Patients also need to floss and/or use interdental brushes every day to clear out plaque and trapped food from between the teeth.

Their other big responsibility is to get themselves to a check-up with the dentist in Gloucester twice a year, along with a trip to the hygienist.

The dentist’s side of the bargain

The dentist’s job is to carefully check the teeth for signs of decay and gum disease as well as wear and tear and other damage. The dentist will also check any veneers, fillings, bridgework or other prosthetics. The dentist will pick up on problems long before patient notices them, which means they can be easily fixed.

The hygienist removes any plaque that has hardened into tartar and can remove surface staining to some degree too. They also offer great advice on cleaning techniques and equipment.

When all that teamwork is paying off, then the patient can have cosmetic work to turn healthy teeth into a beautiful warm smile.