Dental Hygiene

Sensitive Teeth

The team at Smile Artistry can help you understand why you have sensitive teeth and how to manage your discomfort.


What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

If you’ve never been for a professional dental clean and are wondering what exactly it is that a dental hygienist does then don’t sweat it. Your dental hygienist is definitely not someone to be nervous about visiting. In fact, the important role they play in keeping your teeth and gums happy and healthy and looking their best makes them kind of like your smile’s BFF.

Why Your Dental Hygienist is Important

Common foods and drinks which stain your teeth!

Do you suffer from discoloured teeth? If so, your definitely not alone. Coffee, cigarettes, wine and soft drinks all have a negative effect on the colour of our teeth, often leaving them stained and lack lustre.

Even some otherwise healthy fruits and juices can cause unsightly marks to appear on your teeth. Our list below highlights foods and drinks that stain your teeth and provides advice on how to maintain a whiter, brighter smile.

The tooth fairy – helping kids learn about dental care

The tooth fairy is more than a myth. She is a way to teach your kids. While the tooth fairy is primarily about making losing teeth fun rather than scary, she is also about proper dental care and creating lifelong habits to ensure a sparkling grin for the rest of your child’s life. For parents, it is important to use this time to teach your children in a fun and engaging way.

Preventative Dentistry - Hygiene/Flossing/Brushing

Flossing and interdental cleaning Brushing alone will not clean all the way between teeth. Regular dental flossing is really the only answer for most people although interdental brushes or water picks are useful where there are larger spaces between teeth.

Various flosses and dental tapes are available and it is recommended that the choice of floss should be one that suits you.

Step 1 Wind floss around your middle fingers to keep it taut. Place the floss over the tips of your first fingers to reach your back teeth.


Mouthwashes can be a great way to freshen your breath throughout the day as well as reducing plague. When choosing a Mouthwash to suit you it is important that you know what you are using it for as using the wrong Mouthwash can be ineffective.

Caffeine and Your Mouth

Many of us are aware that coffee and tea causes teeth staining and are concerned about the aesthetics, however most are not aware that caffeine, found in coffee, tea, soft drink and energy drinks, can have an adverse effect on your oral health.

Mouthrinses - What mouthrinses are best for you?

Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining health teeth and gums. Good oral home care includes twice daily brushing and flossing and the use of a mouthrinse. Choosing a mouthrinse can be confusing as there are many types of mouthrinses on the market claiming to do different things. It is wise to choose a mouthrinse that will help with any issues you may have with your teeth or gums.

Bad Breath

Bad breath can be a common concern or problem for many people, and can have a major impact on their life. Because of bad breath, others may back away or turn their heads and this can cause a loss of confidence and self-esteem. Speaking to your dentist or dental hygienist will help to identify the cause of bad breath and find the most effective treatment for you.

Diabetes and Dental Health

Good dental health is important for everyone, but people with diabetes should take special care with their dental health and be vigilant about brushing and flossing. People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and poor control of blood sugar levels, are at greater risk of developing dental health problems.