…A little message from your Hygienist
To all my patients,
I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I have been missing you all and hope to get back in the surgery soon.
Since we had to put down tools and stay at home all our lives have changed so dramatically. I find myself home schooling and feel lucky to have this time with my children. We try to have some fun and have been out on our bikes, walking, exploring the local paths, woodland and the ridgeway. We watched caterpillars grow and transform into beautiful butterflies, planted vegetable seeds and watched them grow. We’ve had movie nights, camping in the garden, zoom beavers and cubs meetings on top of trying to keep up with school work.
One thing that doesn’t change is the need to look after ourselves. Whether that’s eating the right foods, exercising regularly or having FaceTime with friends and family we all need to look after our bodies and our minds.
So, now comes the nagging bit that you all know me so well for! While we hygienists haven’t been there to provide our care it is even more important than ever to follow your home cleaning regime. With brushing your teeth and gums for two minutes twice per day and either using floss or interdental brushes every day you will give your teeth and gums the best help that they can get. Using mouthwash can be a good adjunct but they never fully replace a good physical brush.
Any bleeding? These highlight areas to spend a little more time on. Don’t go crazy scrubbing as hard as possible as you could cause trauma, but gentle, thorough brushing and flossing in these areas more frequently will help to calm bleeding gums and get some resolution.
Now diet… I know how easy it is in these times to reach for the snack cupboard but the more frequently you do the more at risk you are of developing tooth decay. It is difficult sometimes to resist especially when you have children who are at home and seem to want a snack every half hour! Try some low sugar alternatives like crackers with grated cheese, nuts, vegetable sticks and humous to name a few options.
I really hope that we will be able to resume our care for you soon but in the meantime, look after yourselves and your families, stay safe and well.
See you soon!