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Monthly Archives: April 2016

How to Brush and Floss properly

Everyday we get bombarded with advice and commands on what to do to keep our teeth in the best possible state, so that they last the journey of life. Of course it’s all very well throwing this information at us, but we’re never told how to carry out these techniques properly. ‘Brush properly for 3 minutes’ and ‘floss often to dislodge bacteria and bits of food’. 47.2% of people over the age of 30 in the UK have experienced some kind of periodontal complication which suggests that many of us are not brushing or flossing properly.

 

Flossing

The best time to floss is the evening after you’ve eaten your final meal/before you go to bed. There is not a lot of point in flossing in the mornings as you shouldn’t have anything to dislodge from your teeth (that is if you’ve flossed and brushed property the previous night!).

 

What kind of floss?

Make sure you use nylon or PTFE floss – these are the best two types.

 

Technique

  • You should be using about 18” of floss as this leaves you excess with which to work.
  • Weave in and out in the curves of your teeth.
  • Clean below the gumline but be careful not to snap the floss on your gums.

 

Brushing

  • It’s important to know that you should be looking at changing your toothbrush every 3 months (when it starts to wear). If you continue using a worn toothbrush, it won’t do its job properly. Simple.
  • Brush for 2 – 3 minutes at least twice a day – this is the bare minimum!
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue – this will leave you with much fresher breath.
  • Brush the outer sides of your upper teeth, followed by your lower teeth. Then,
  • brush the inner sides of your upper teeth followed by your lower teeth.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces.
  • The brush should be at a 45 degree angle against your gumline, rolling the brush away from your gumline to sweep away the bacteria and bits of food.
  • Make sure you’re careful and tentative when flossing. You shouldn’t be seeing any blood or be in any pain.
  • Flossing before you brush is more effective than the reverse, allowing more fluoride from your toothpaste to reach the nooks and crannies between your teeth where foods are likely to lodge themselves.
  • DON’T wrap floss around the gums of multiple teeth. The results will NOT be as effective and you risk hurting your gums.

 

Choosing A Dentist

It can be difficult to decide on which dental practice you are going to choose, especially if there are many in your area. It can be easy to choose the practice that offers the most convenience, though this may not be the one that delivers the highest quality of service. We’ve put together a few pointers to help you in your search for a dental practice you can trust.

A warm welcome and friendly approach to customer service should never go undervalued. Here at Fresh, we have patients of all ages and our team are a great bunch who are not limited to simply offering dental services – we believe we are people people!  Of course, our high quality of service goes without saying.

 

What to look for:

 

  1. Go further… – It can be so easy to choose the dentist that’s just round the corner from your house – especially if you have children, are pushed for time or don’t have your own transport. However, going the extra mile (literally) can be one of the best investments that you make – it’s your dentalcare in question after all! Carry out some research as there might be an outstanding practice just a handful of miles further but offering  better service and maintaining a stronger reputation. Surly long-term dental health is worth it?!
  2. A warm welcome- Although, generally speaking, you don’t visit the dentist all that often, if you ever encounter any complications with your teeth, you could be spending a lot of time there…. This means you need to choose somewhere you don’t mind spending time and where the staff and ambiance will make you feel at ease.
  3. Treatment options – Contrary to what some believe, not all dental practices offer the same treatments, so check out what each practice on your shortlist offers before deciding on a final choice. Perhaps reading up on a few different treatments would help you understand what you need from your dentist? If there is a history of a particular condition in your family that you might need to have treated in the future?  Here at Fresh we’re happy to talk you through the types of treatment we offer.
  4. General vibes – Here at Fresh we take our patients’ wellbeing and comfort seriously. We understand that a lot of people do not feel comfortable about visiting the dentist – it’s our job to help you beat this fear. A good practice will have friendly staff (as previously mentioned), as well as a welcoming space and atmosphere (the waiting room, the atmosphere).
  5. A good support base. Dental practices are made up of teams of dentists, hygienists and receptionists. A good dental practice has these staff working as a team, creating a good vibe amongst the practice and putting the patient at ease.

5 Bad Habits that Ruin Your Teeth

We all have some natural bad habits like biting our nails or clenching our jaws due to stress, which wears down the teeth. However, there are some more subtle habits in your daily lifestyle that could be sending you to the dentist more than necessary. Here are six different habits that could be damaging the health of your mouth.

Oral Piercings

Movements of your tongue bar or lip piercings in your mouth can cause you to chip or crack your teeth. The jewellery can also increase the risk of gum disease, injure gums from direct contact but can also cause receding gum tissue. All of these factors can lead to either tooth loss or loose teeth, which will result in replacing the teeth with either bridges or dental implants.

Chewing Gum

They may only be small but they are packed with sugar, even the ‘sugar free’ versions damage the enamel. The sugar and sweeteners in gum reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth – so don’t be fooled into thinking they help to clean your teeth after a meal. Continuous chewing of gum wears down your jaw and can alter your bite. This can hugely affect your mouth as you may end up grinding and chipping away parts of your teeth.

Teeth Grinding

Many people find that they grind their teeth in times of stress or when they are experiencing bad sleeping patterns. This nasty habit can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth. Try to wear a mouth guard at night, as this can limit the damage while you sleep. If you grind your teeth during the day when experiencing anxiety, try to be more aware of the damage you are doing to your teeth to put you off the habit.

Eating Sugary Carbs

Anything like white bread, pasta, rice and cereals are classed as sugary carbohydrates. This type of food contains a lot of starch and refined carbohydrates, which convert sugar in the mouth. So by eating sugary carbs leaves a residue of paste in the mouth, which lodges in your teeth and builds up in your molars. This creates an ideal breeding ground for bad bacteria which causes cavities.

Drinking Fizzy Drinks and Fruit Juices

Many fizzy drinks and fruit juices contain not just sugar which we already know is bad for our teeth, but also contain phosphoric acid, citric acid and tartaric acid which causes severe damage to the teeth. The high levels of these ingredients in drinks such as Coke can be helpful for cleaning household items such as toilets. So just imagine what damage it does to your teeth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Antics that could be Damaging Your Teeth

During the weekends, we all indulge in a little treat or two to relieve the stress of the week’s events. But did you realize the stress and damage that you could be causing to your teeth in the process? Here are some common weekend activities and things to avoid, preventing you from harming your oral health.

Watching a Movie

Eating popcorn may be a cinematic tradition, but those little corn kernels are a hazard for your oral hygiene. When they get wedged in-between the gaps of your teeth, they help to harbour the bad bacteria that causes cavities. Try to ensure you floss after the film has finished, as this will prevent any cavities from occurring.

Enjoying a Night Out

Fizzy drinks such as cider and prosecco are a popular choice for many on a night out. But did you know that the bubbles in these drinks contain high levels of highly acidic carbon dioxide? This acid erodes and attacks the enamel coating on the teeth, which makes them weaker and more sceptical to decay. An alternative option if you do not wish to ditch these drinks is to use a straw to avoid any contact with the teeth.

Eating a Takeaway

At the weekend there is nothing more tempting than a takeaway. But not only can this treat wreak havoc on our waistlines they can also heavily damage our teeth. Heavy pigmented foods such as curries or Chinese dishes can stain teeth yellow over time. Other takeaways like pizza and pasta cause acid erosion which leads to tooth decay, due to the refined carbohydrates in the dough and pasta that contains sugar.

A Pamper Evening With Friends                                                                                             

A home beauty evening with friends is not without some DIY treatments like face masks, hair treatments or shop bought dental whitening kits. But many are aware of the dangers associated with whitening their teeth at home. Many kits have been found to contain hazardous levels of bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Dentists warn that using these kits can cause stomach problems, toothache, gum-shrinking, mouth infections and nerve damage.

Eating Out With Friends

It is tempting when you eat out with friends to indulge in the mouth-watering, sugar filled desserts on the menu. But by doing this you are posing a huge risk to your overall oral health. Rather than eating tooth destroying desserts like chocolate, cake or ice-cream, have something that could benefit your teeth instead.  Eating fruits like apples are a sweet alternative as they produce salvia in the mouth, which washes away any build-up of bacteria from your meal. They essentially act as a natural toothbrush until you are able to next clean your teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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