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13 May 2014

Oral Health Tips During National Smile Month

Poor oral health can manifest in many different ways. Missing, yellow or stained teeth are perhaps the most obvious signs, but things aren’t always what they seem. As part of National Smile Month, we have put together a list of 25 top oral health tips for good oral health to keep you smiling throughout the campaign.

1.  Clean in between your teeth using interdental brushes or floss. This will help to clean a higher portion of the tooth and prevent the build-up of plaque

2.  A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease

3.  Eating and drinking naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth, and brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. It is best not to brush your teeth until at least one hour after eating

4.  Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva to help prevent your mouth from drying out

5.  If you are a nervous patient, make sure your dentist knows this, including what you most dislike about treatment

6.  To test if you have bad breath, simply lick the inside of your wrist, let it dry and sniff. If the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure you have bad breath

7.  Always tell your dentist about changes to your health, as it may help them prevent gum disease from developing

8.  A glass of water is the best drink to give your child after eating sugary foods

9.  Brush your teeth just before you go to bed and before you have anything to eat or drink at breakfast

10.  Use a mouthwash containing anti-bacterial to help control gum disease

11.  If you or your child has a sweet tooth, look for sugar-free sweets. Those containing Xylitol can help to reduce tooth decay

12.  Quitting smoking will help you reduce the chances of developing a whole host of oral health problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, yellow teeth and mouth cancer

13.  Don’t forget to brush your tongue, or use a tongue scraper

14.  Visit your dentist or hygienist for regular advice and cleaning tips

15.  Introduce your child to the sights and sounds of the dental practice at an early age to allay any dental phobia that might develop. Take them with you when you go for a check-up

16.  Wean your baby off the bottle early to avoid them developing dental problems

17.  Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque. Those with heads that rotate in both directions (‘oscillating’ heads) and pulsate are the most effective. They are particularly useful for people with limited movement, such as disabled or elderly people, who often find that using a manual toothbrush does not allow them to clean thoroughly

18.  All children up to three years old, should use a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of no less than 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old, they should use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm -1500ppm

19.  Parents should supervise their children’s tooth brushing, and use only a pea-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste until they are about 7 years old

20.  If you have sensitivity when brushing your teeth with cold water from the tap, you may need to use warm water instead. It is important you do not avoid brushing your teeth regularly as this could make the problem worse

21.  Cold sores are infectious and the infecting virus can be passed to other people by close contact (such as kissing). A cold sore is most infectious when it is blistering. It is important to try and avoid touching cold sores as you can pass the virus on to other people’s hands and even, very rarely, to your own eyes. Avoid squeezing, pinching or pricking the cold sore as this can spread the infection

22.  If you wear dentures, the general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. Using an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher

23.  It is better for your teeth and general health if you eat 3 meals a day plus no more than two snacks, instead of having lots of snack attacks

24.  Still water and milk are good choices. It is better for your teeth if you drink fruit juices just at meal times. If you are drinking them between meals, try diluting them with water and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking. Drinking through a straw can help the drink go to the back of your mouth without touching your teeth

25.  Some dentists may offer home visits for people who are housebound or have difficulty visiting the surgery

If you’re thinking “Oh dear, one or more of these applies to me…” Then why not pop in and see one of our Hygienists! Jo, Caroline or Marc would love to help! Church Road Dental and Cosmetics are actively supporting “National Smile Month”, 19th May to 19th June,  raising awareness of great Oral Health. We want all our patients to have lovely happy big smiles, with no issues. So why not let us help you help yourselves but coming in to see us and we can give you all the advice you need and a lovely clean smile at the same time, to get you off to a great start.

You can even book appointment Online now, which is even quicker! This means you can book an appointment when you’re free and not rushing about. We do realise how busy many of our patients are. Why not visit our website here

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