Oral Health Therapist
We have our own Oral Health Therapist who is at our practice Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She works closely with the principle dentist and prides herself with maintaining good oral hygiene for adults and children.
Use an extra soft toothbrush
Always use an extra soft or soft toothbrush. This will help minimize damage to gums and teeth. Using a medium or hard brush will abrade teeth and gums.
Place half the bristles along the gum line and the other half on the teeth and gently move the brush in a small circular motion for at least 2 minutes.
Brush in front of the mirror so you can make sure you are brushing all surfaces of your teeth effectively and that you’re not missing any areas.
Children under the age of 8 should be supervised or helped by a parent/guardian to ensure they are brushing well.
After brushing and flossing at night you shouldn’t have anything to eat or drink other than water as your saliva flow (a natural protection of teeth) is reduced whilst sleeping, so any foods or sugars left in the mouth will increase the potential of tooth decay
It is recommended that by the age of 12 everyone should be flossing daily, as this by stage most of the adult teeth have erupted. It is very common to see decay in between teeth, so if you start flossing early you can prevent food and plaque sticking in this area which causes decay.
Ensure you take the floss gently under the gum line until you feel resistance, keeping it tight against the tooth then pull up.
Use a toothpaste containing fluoride
Fluoride in your toothpaste helps protect teeth from acid attack whilst eating and drinking.
Check the labels on the toothpaste to ensure they contain fluoride. Children under the age of 6 years should be using a children’s toothpaste, as these toothpastes contain lower fluoride content.
Many mouth rinses contain a high alcohol content which can be very harsh on the mouth tissue and gums. We recommend only using a mouth rinse when instructed by your dentist. Some mouth rinses will also stain your teeth if used for a prolonged period.