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Keeping your teeth and gums clean, healthy and free from infection. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental decay and periodontal disease and is essential for preserving gums and the bone which keeps your teeth secure in your mouth.
If you smoke you are much more likely to get periodontal problems. You are urged in the strongest terms to stop smoking. If you continue to smoke you are more likely to lose your teeth. Your doctor can prescribe medicine to help you give up smoking.
How do you do it?
Consider a powered brush (the dentist or hygienist can advise on models) –or Choose a manual toothbrush which:
Has a head size that feels comfortable and allows you to reach the back teeth
Has nylon bristles (natural bristles allow the growth of bacteria)
You should only use a soft or medium toothbrush
Children up to 10 years old need an adult to brush their teeth for them every day
For you to brush your child’s teeth you will need a brush with a small head and large handle.
Brush using circular movements on each tooth, both inside and outside of the teeth and the area where the tooth meets the gum.
Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth using a horizontal action.
Use dental floss and/or interdental brushes at least once a day to remove dental plaque and to clean between teeth.
Fluoride – to fight tooth decay.
Antibacterial agent – to fight dental plaque and to protect from gum disease.
Other ingredients – according to your specific dental problems (sensitivity etc)
Children – use only toothpaste specifically made for them. (Remember only to use as much toothpaste as cover the child’s little fingernail – no more).
Do not use any other fluoride on children, other than the toothpaste unless instructed to do so by your dentist.
Children over the age of six can use adult toothpaste.
If gums bleed, it is an indication that you need dental care.
If you have periodontal problems then you can be referred for a series of two consecutive appointments with the hygienist on the NHS as part of your course of treatment.
A taster session from Regina, Oral Health Educator at our practice, demonstrating how best to clean your teeth.
Pregnancy can be an exciting time and while you have so much to plan for, your oral health may be one
of the last things you’re thinking about. However, it’s particularly important to pay close attention to
your teeth and gums in this time. Here are some reasons why pregnant women should take extra care
with their dentition:
1) The hormone progesterone can be raised up to 10 times higher than the normal level in the
body during pregnancy, affecting its response to toxins and making it more susceptible to
developing periodontal disease, also known as pregnancy gingivitis.
2) Some pregnant women also develop a growth on their gums known as a pregnancy granuloma:
red nodules, usually found on the upper gums. While they are not dangerous, they can cause
3) Other oral health problems may include dry mouth and tooth erosion as a result of constant
exposure to acid from severe morning sickness.
If you are pregnant we recommend that you come to the practice for a thorough check up so that we
can help you to have a healthy and happy pregnancy. It is free for pregnant women to see a dentist on
the NHS up until their baby turns one year of age.
Healthy gums during pregnancy.
Improved health during pregnancy, which also improves the health of your unborn baby.