• 01 JUN 16

    ORAL HYGIENE

    What is it?

    Keeping your teeth and gums clean, healthy and free from infection. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental decay and periodontal disease and is essential for preserving gums and the bone which keeps your teeth secure in your mouth.

    If you smoke you are much more likely to get periodontal problems. You are urged in the strongest terms to stop smoking. If you continue to smoke you are more likely to lose your teeth. Your doctor can prescribe medicine to help you give up smoking.

    How do you do it?

    Toothbrush

    Consider a powered brush (the dentist or hygienist can advise on models) OR Choose a manual toothbrush which:

    • Has a head size that feels comfortable and allows you to reach the back teeth
    • Has nylon bristles (natural bristles allow the growth of bacteria)
    • You should only use a soft or medium toothbrush
    • Children up to 10 years old need an adult to brush their teeth for them every day

    For you to brush your child’s teeth you will need a brush with a small head and large handle.

    Correct Brushing

    • Brush using circular movements on each tooth, both inside and outside of the teeth and the area where the tooth meets the gum.
    • Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth using a horizontal action.

    Dental Floss

    • Use dental floss and/or interdental brushes at least once a day to remove dental plaque and to clean between teeth.

    Toothpaste

    • Fluoride – to fight tooth decay.
    • Antibacterial agent – to fight dental plaque and to protect from gum disease.
    • Other ingredients – according to your specific dental problems (sensitivity etc)
    • Children – use only toothpaste specifically made for them. (Remember only to use as much toothpaste as cover the child’s little fingernail – no more).
    • Do not use any other fluoride on children, other than the toothpaste unless instructed to do so by your dentist.
    • Children over the age of six can use adult toothpaste.

    If gums bleed, it is an indication that you need dental care.

    If you have periodontal problems then you can be referred for a series of two consecutive appointments with the hygienist on the NHS as part of your course of treatment.

NHS Treatments

  • AFTER EXTRACTION CARE

    To avoid a dry socket (post operative infection of the bone), usually due to early loss of the blood clot… Avoid excessive exercise for several hours. Ideally, rest by sitting in a chair and use an extra pillow for the first night.Excessive exercise will cause further bleeding. Do not drink anything alcoholic for 24 hours.

  • BRUXISM – Grinding or Clenching your teeth

    Bruxism (Medical term for the habit of grinding/clenching your teeth). Who is most at risk? – You are more likely to suffer from bruxism if you: Have a stressful lifestyle Drink large amounts of alcohol Smoke Take medication for sleep, depression or anxiety (paroxetine, fluoxetine and setraline) Drink six or more cups of tea or coffee a

  • FLUORIDE

    What is Fluoride? Fluoride is a natural mineral that is able to protect teeth against decay. It is not a substitute for cleaning your teeth and eating healthily. It is found in toothpastes, mouth rinses and is added to public water supplies in some areas (not in London). How does Fluoride work? If fluoride is

  • ORAL HYGIENE

    What is it? Keeping your teeth and gums clean, healthy and free from infection. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental decay and periodontal disease and is essential for preserving gums and the bone which keeps your teeth secure in your mouth. If you smoke you are much more likely to get periodontal problems. You are

  • TOOTH SENSITIVITY & EROSION

    TOOTH (dentine) HYPERSENSITIVITY and EROSION (worn teeth) What is hypersensitivity? It is a short sharp pain arising from exposed dentine (part of the tooth which is in communication with the nerve inside the tooth) in response to stimuli. These could be thermal such as hot or cold drinks, chemical such as sweet or acidic food

  • YOUR CHILD’S FIRST TEETH

    Your child’s first teeth will begin to erupt at about six months of age. The lower deciduous (baby) incisors (front teeth) erupt first followed by the upper deciduous incisors. These are followed a few months later by the lower, then upper deciduous first molars (back chewing teeth), the deciduous canines (pointed teeth at side of