The Finer Points Of Cleaning Our Teeth
Don’t be distracted by the minutiae .. Getting the basics right is essential.
Some of you may have seen, or read about, the recent debate on social media, as to whether you should put toothpaste on a wet or dry toothbrush?
With access to the whole world just a few keystrokes away, it is now very easy to put forward any point of view that you wish, and quite often have it believed, however strange it is!
In this instance, it was simply a question that spiralled and even made the national papers. In the opinion of the dentists at Blue Sky Dental, this particular matter is of no real relevance and predominantly a matter of choice (although if you have a dry mouth, wetting the brush might be a good idea). It is important though, not to get sidelined by these ‘fringe’ issues and make sure that you have the basics right.
There are three key things that you need to do to help make sure that your teeth and gums remain healthy; brush your teeth, use dental floss and have regular professional monitoring by one of our Chelmsford dentists. Of course diet also plays a part but we’ll cover that elsewhere in our blog.
Brushing your teeth twice a day, both morning and the last thing at night before going to bed, is the bedrock of good oral health care. This only takes a few minutes out of your day, so you should make sure to get it right. Use a toothbrush that is no older than three months, use a fluoride toothpaste and brush in a circular motion fairly gently. There is no need to use excessive pressure when brushing, and this may actually cause enamel damage and gum recession if you do. To gain the maximum protective benefit from the fluoride, you should spit, but not rinse, once you have finished brushing.
This is still underused but is very important in the fight against gum disease, and as this can lead to eventual tooth loss, we strongly recommend that you do try to floss. We understand that some people do find this quite tricky to do, but once mastered, it soon becomes an important part of your daily regime. Our dental hygienist is always happy to help show you how to do this correctly.
With the best will in the world, only a dentist can make sure that your teeth and gums are in good health. Whether by close inspection or x-rays, we can spot signs of trouble in their early stages that the patient simply can’t. Relatively minor treatment in the early stages of a problem means that less of the natural tooth will have to be removed, leaving it stronger and hopefully longer lasting.
Chelmsford patients should also see our hygienist at least every six months for a scale and polish. This will remove any hardened bacteria, known as tartar, that has formed on the teeth and gum line. These pain free visits are a great way of helping towards having a healthy mouth and avoiding the problems associated with the gum diseases; gingivitis and periodontitis.
If you currently don’t see a dentist or hygienist and would like to see what we can offer you, why not arrange to have an initial consultation at Blue Sky Dental by calling us on 01245 211070.