Top 10 tips
Take our advice and look after your mouth by reading our top ten dental tips and improve your dental health immediately!
1. Visit your dentist at regular intervals
We will usually recommend visiting us at optimal intervals. These are individually assessed, and based on your personal dental requirements and can be three months, six months, one year or longer in certain cases.
2. Visit a dental hygienist regularly
There is nothing to beat the feeling of professionally cleaned teeth and healthy gums. From removing food and drink stains, to treating advanced gum diseases, your dental hygienist is trained to provide you with exceptional dental care and advice.
3. Invest in professional teeth whitening
We all love the appearance of gorgeous white teeth. Professional tooth whitening treatments are safe and effective ways to lighten your teeth under the care of your dentist or hygienist. Whether you have tray-based tooth whitening, or are topping-up your whitening with a whitening pen, our clinical team are the best people to help with your dental choices.
4. Use a high quality toothpaste
Use a toothpaste that is clinically proven to reduce the chances of you getting dental disease. Toothpaste such as Colgate Total has lots of scientific evidence behind it to show that it really does work and helps promote dental health
5. Change your tooth brush regularly
When a toothbrush becomes worn it is much less effective at cleaning plaque from your teeth. Many manual and electric brush heads have indicators on them to help you know when it is time to change.
6. Use dental floss or dental brushes
Some great dental advice is to use a form of inter-dental cleaning daily. This can be dental floss or alternatively inter-dental brushes such as TePe® or Vision® brushes. You have not properly cleaned your teeth unless you have cleaned right between them and using inter-dental cleaning helps you do this effectively.
7. Clean your tongue
Clean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a professional tongue cleaner you remove countless bacteria that otherwise live undisturbed, particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue. These can contribute to bad breath, gum diseases (periodontal diseases) and decay and negatively affect your dental health.
8. Dental implants
If you have missing teeth you should talk to us about dental implants. A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is gently placed into the bone of your jaw to act like the root of a tooth, supporting a crown, bridge or special custom denture. Dental implants are a very successful way to treat missing teeth giving a permanent solution.
9. Protect your worn teeth
Prevention is better than cure! Tooth wear is becoming a widespread problem, and it affects both young and older people. We would far rather help you avoid the problems it creates – so make an appointment to talk to us about how to prevent further wear. If you have worn teeth, ask us about cosmetic composite bonding. In many cases, special tooth-coloured materials can be invisibly blended onto the worn areas of your teeth to restore their original appearance whilst also protecting the worn area from further wear. An easy way to look 10 years younger!
10. Stop smoking!
If you smoke cigarettes give them up! This is the single most important change that you can make to improve both your dental and your general health. Your dental team and your doctor are all able to give you support during the process of kicking the habit. We all want you to succeed!