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"I've been going to the Smile Cliniq for the past couple of years, and the treatment, care and advice from Chetan and his team has been faultless. Highly recommended." - A.S.
"Yet again I have been blown away by Smile Cliniq. After my filling fell out on Sunday night, I was distraught. But I phoned the Cliniq in the morning and got an appointment for the same morning. Dr Kaher put me at ease, even though I was very anxious, and did an amazing job on my..." - Robyn B
"What a great dental clinic! I was having issues with a tooth and Dr Sarita Kotecha was brilliant. Solved my dental issue quickly and explained everything in a way that made me actually enjoy the appointment (!!). They were able to squeeze me in last minute too. Highly recommend t..." - Saya Jones
"The service was so good at Smile Cliniq by Dr Sarita Kotecha, I recommended my wife to change dentist. We've been looking for a good dentist since moving to London 2 and 1/2 years ago and the quality we had received from our previous dentist was sub-standard. That all changed at ..." - Greg Jones
"I have had a dentist phobia for many years and would shake all over whenever I was there. Dr Chetan Kaher changed that. He was calm and very patient and understanding of my anxiety. All the staff are thoughtful and friendly. I don't shake anymore, which is wonderful. I still have..." - DEBRA MERRITT
"Fantastic service, professional and top notch technology. Very hygenic and Dr Chetan Kaher has a very steady and experienced hand. Highly recommend." - Amrita Chauhan
"I have had a dentist phobia for many years and would shake all over whenever I was there. Dr Chetan Kaher changed that. He was calm and very patient and understanding of my anxiety. All the staff are thoughtful and friendly. I don't shake anymore, which is wonderful. I still have..." - DEBRA MERRITT
"Friendly and helpful manager. Dentist was also friendly and efficient,Gave me lots of advice about dental care showing video." - Filippa Milioto
"Needed an emergency appointment, I was seen the same day! Great service and friendly staff" - Elena Milioto
"I found the the team at smile very professional and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Chet presented all the options and my selected course of treatment took place over a year. As it involved one of my front top teeth I had some concerns and Chet was always available to ans..." - Irin Wu
"I have a hereditary tendency to get dental cavities, ensuing painful dental treatments, which left me scared of visiting dentists. Now, in my early thirties, I did everything to avoid dental checks. I also gave up on having cavity-free teeth. Two years ago, I was forced to find a..." - Rukmini
"I have just finished my year long lingual brace treatment with Dr Sarita Kotecha which has been a huge success. I'm so happy with the results! The staff at Smile Cliniq have always been friendly, helpful and welcoming; fitting me in for last minute appointments when necessary and..." - Maayan Bianca
"My wife needed to see a dentist on an emergency basis on a Saturday after a bad fall the evening before. We called on Saturday morning and they were able to take us that afternoon. The quality of care, both technically and inter-personally, could not have been better. If we lived..." - Hal N.

Dental Hygiene

What is a Dental Hygienest?

Dental Hygiene is the term given to the daily routine of keeping your mouth clean and healthy. You can maintain good oral hygiene by following the correct brushing technique, flossing, using interdental brushes, rinsing with mouthwash and by seeing your dentist regularly for a professional clean. A good Dental (or Oral) Hygiene regime will ensure plaque removal. If plaque is not removed, it will irritate the gums which can lead to gingivitis (gum disease), bad breath, unsightly staining, tartar and tooth decay. In the UK, 54% of the dentate population is affected with some degree of gum disease (Adult Dental Health Survey 2009). Please see our oral hygiene page .

Signs of Poor Dental Hygiene

  • Yellow or discoloured deposits on the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Teeth becoming loose
  • Gaps in between teeth that were previously not there
  • Gums bleeding when brushing teeth
  • Painful, red, swollen gums

 

Why is dental hygiene important?

There are a number of reasons why you should maintain the highest level of dental hygiene possible. A few serious examples of problems caused by improper dental hygiene are:

  • Gum disease and periodontal disease
  • Staining
  • Plaque build-up
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities and tooth wear
  • Loss of teeth

How does poor dental hygiene cause cavities?

Incorrect brushing techniques and poor dental hygiene can result in the accumulation of plaque on the hard surfaces (enamel) of the teeth. This appears at the margin between the teeth and gums and in between the teeth. If there is no plaque removal this can then calcify into tartar/calculus.

When you eat, the bacteria in the plaque feeds on the sugar consumed from food. Over time, acid is produced which corrodes the tooth’s enamel causing decay, holes and cavities.

How does poor dental hygiene cause gum disease?

The constant accumulation of plaque causes the formation of Tartar / Calculus (hardened plaque) which can be seen on the teeth as hard yellow or brown mineral deposits. Once plaque or tartar starts to form below the gum line, gum disease known as gingivitis can occur. The main signs of gingivitis are inflamed gums and or bleeding of the gums when brushing your teeth or flossing. . If Gingivitis is not treated and is ignored, it can lead to a more advanced form of gum disease known as Periodontitis, in 10% of people. As the gums become more inflamed, due to the bacteria in the plaque and tartar irritating the gums, the gums separate from the teeth causing periodontal pockets. These pockets allow the tartar and bacteria to spread under the gum line which can lead to further inflammation and destruction of the tissues supporting the teeth. Once the bone is lost the teeth become loose and mobile, eventually resulting in them falling out.

Please see here for information on the correct oral hygiene techniques.

 

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