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When Should I Change My Toothbrush And Which One Should I Choose ?

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 7:25 AM

Part of good dental hygene is having the right tools for the job and the most important tool is your toothbrush. It is the main weapon in our fight against dental problems but how long is it before your toothbrush becomes ineffective against the ememy 

Replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis is very important but when should you do it. ?

Most dental professionals recommend that you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months but it is important to keep an eye on it as you may need to replace it sooner if the bristles of the brush become frayed or damaged. 


BUT WHAT IS THE BEST TOOTHBRUSH TO BUY

There are many different toothbrushes on the market today so where do you start when choosing the best type.

The general opiion of most dental professionals is  that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. the brush should also have a  Small-head, as  they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including the back teeth which are hard-to-reach 

The type of the handle, shape of the head and the type of bristle are also important but this is more down to personal choice. It is best to choose one that you are comfortable with using. Remember to pick a toothbrush that fits into your mouth and allows you to reach all of the areas of your mouth.

Another choice is to purchase a  powered toothbrush. These can sometimes  better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing. 

Remember - If in doubt speak with your dentist on your next visit 

 

What is Gingivitis And How to Avoid It

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM

WHAT IS GINGIVITIS ?

 

Simply put it is inflammation of the gum tissue. The most common form is known as plaque-induced gingivitis which is caused when plague attaches itself to the surface of your teeth.

 

It is the most common form of periodintal disease and allways precedes more serious conditions such as chronic periodontitis.

 

This non destructive disease is reversible with good oral hygiene but faliure to have treatment can see it quickly progress to periodontitis, where the inflammation results in tissue and bone destruction around the teeth, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS

 

Swollen gums

 

Bright red or purple gums

 

Gums that are tender or painful to the touch

 

Bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and/or flossing

 

Bad breath (halitosis)

 

Other symptoms may include

 

Your gums may appear shiny and stretched.

 

 

What factors can cause gingivitis ?

 

The formation of plaque on the surface to the teeth is the main cause of the disease but there are many factors that can lead to the outbreak of gingivitus in our mouths

 

age

 

osteoporosis

 

low dental care utilization (fear, financial stresses, etc.)

 

poor oral hygiene

 

overly aggressive oral hygiene such as brushing with stiff bristles

 

mouth-breathing during sleep

 

medications that dry the mouth

 

smoking

 

genetic factors

 

pre-existing conditions

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

 

 

If you notice any of the symptoms above you should book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to prevent the condition from getting any worse.

 

 

During the visit to the clinic your dentist carry out clinical tests and will be able to analyse and work out  the level of diesease and advise you of the required tratment 

 

 

Prevention

 

The best way to deal with this dicease is to prevent it happening in the first place

 

Gingivitis can be prevented through regular oral hygiene that includes daily brushing ,flossing and the use of .[8] Hydrogen peroxide, saline, alcohol or chlorhexidine mouth washes

For Advice on improving your dental hygyne and avoiding problems such as this contact your dentist today for a check up

Ways to help protect your child's oral health at home?

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 6:50 AM

As parents we have a responsibility to help and protect our childrens oral health the same way we do their phyiscal and mental health and development 

it is important to set up a proper regimen of preventive home care is important from the day your child is born.

Below you will find some useful advice on how you as the parent can help ensure our children have good dental health as they grow up 

Newborns and Infants

Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.

Once their  first teeth appear you should begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water up untill their second birthday. Before using toothpaste should consult your dentist .

 Tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking during feeding can be a problem so you should try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle within the first year. Another cause is the  excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs so you need to monitor this .

You should never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.

Toddlers and Young Children

As our children grow it is important that we help then brush their teeth at night which is regarded as the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities. A good way to do this is to allow your children to brush first and then you should follow us to ensure that all plaque , waste food etc has gone. Allowing the child to brush first is an ideal way to help them to  build up self confidence and practice the technique of brushing.

Another great tip is to make it a family affair, Brush your teeth at the same time as your child, this will teach the child the technique, and the importance of good dental hygene. It also makes the process fun for the child

At around five years of age your children should be able to brush their own teath  although you should still continue to monitor and advise them as they do it.

Children and Teenagers

As your child grows and becomes a teenager it is still very important to encourage them to maintain their dental heath.

Make sure that your children have access to good quality dental productsa such as brushes, toothpase mouthwash and floss.

Make sure the Chilren are allowing time in their regimen for dental care.

General Tips 

Buy good quality dental products

Ensure children has access to a healthy diet

Take your children to the dentist on a regular basis

Make your famiies dental care regimen a family affair and make it fun.

Get advice from your dental professional


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Severe Toothache ??? How to handle a dental emergency

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 6:40 AM

Severe dental pain can start anytime even in midnight. Here are the things you could try to get immediate relief from severe pain. Toothache is one of the worst pains. Dentists are sometimes not available on-call so here are the things you could do until you could see a Dentist.

 

Severe Toothache Remedies

1. Try taking Motrin (ibuprofen) as this will help ease the pain and help with any inflammation. Motrin is available over the counter. Take only recommended dosage.

2. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water (do not use hot water).

3. Use Oragel : This is a “numbing gel” available over the counter. This gel provides instant relief of pain when applied directly to the teeth and gum area.

4. Place cold compress for 20 minutes at a time, if there is swelling on outside of the cheek. Avoid using heat under any circumstances as this can cause the infection to worsen and spread

5. Use Dental Floss to remove any food trapped between teeth. Do not use sharp objects.

6. Other home remedy to try is use of Clove Oil. Clove oil is available in general stores or herbal stores.

7. See the dentist as soon as possible and Treat the Cause when you visit the dentist.

The most likely cause is infection in the teeth or nerve close to the teeth.

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