Six ways to look after your teeth
1. Brush your teeth twice a day using a medium brush.
Hard brushes can wear down the tooth enamel causing sensitivity. Brush in small circular movements, and brush your tongue as well! It might sound daft, but that’s where most of the bacteria live that cause smelly/bad breath.
2. Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months.
Old brushes do not remove plaque effectively.
3. Tooth decay is caused by sugar‚ so don’t eat so much of it.
It’s not how much sugar you have, but how often you have it. Every time you eat or drink sugary food your teeth are put under acid attack for up to an hour afterwards.
4. Visit your dentist regulary.
Well we would say that, wouldn’t we? But it’s sound advice.
5. Floss at least once a day.
Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gumline‚ areas a toothbrush can’t reach. This is something we are really poor at as a nation but it can make a huge difference.
6. Chew gum or cheese!
Chewing gum doesn’t just make you look hard‚ it increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, which in turn reduces the acidic build-up that damages your teeth. But make sure it’s sugar-free gum! Another good trick is to have a piece of cheese after your meal. It’s strongly alkaline, so it’s another excellent – if unlikely – weapon in the war on tooth decay.
Aftercare and Leaflets
Our aftercare and advice leaflets that may have been given to you at our practice following various treatments can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the links below. Please feel free to contact us for further aftercare and advice.
- Mouth care after tooth extraction or oral surgery
- Guidance on the removal of wisdom teeth
- Post-operative care for crowns and bridges
- Post-operative care after smile lift procedures
- Tooth whitening instructions
- Zoom Pre-whitening instructions
- Post-whitening care instructions
- Post-operative after implant surgery
- Care of your recently uncovered implant
- Aftercare for implants
- Aftercare for new dentures (Dent adv)