A guide to brushing

Don’t brush straight after eating. Contrary to popular belief this is not the best thing you can do. Leave brushing until half an hour later. This allows the saliva flow to “heal” early decay where mineral ions have floated out of the tooth surface on eating.

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for at least two minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don’t brush them properly, it contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Toothbrushing stops plaque building up provided you concentrate on the nooks and crannies to make sure you remove as much plaque and leftover bits of food as possible.

General healthcare tips

A healthy lifestyle means eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol intake. This is good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.

Help your child have healthy teeth for life by establishing a good dental health routine, including brushing, flossing, regular visit to the dentists and the use of good oral care products (ask us for details).

Do you Smoke?

If you smoke you are more likely to suffer the effects of gum disease. In smokers gum disease progresses more rapidly and is less noticeable as the gums do not bleed despite active disease. Smokers therefore are more likely to loose their teeth prematurely.

If you feel you can’t give up completely then try and cut down to 5 or under per day , this would still be beneficial.
Smoking and eating fatty foods is a major risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease.
With 95% of UK adults suffering from some form of gum disease (10 % with serious problems) it is important to see your hygienist on a regular basis.