Tooth Brushing

It is important to brush your teeth properly. You should brush your teeth at least two minutes regularly. Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. Use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on cleaning each section as follows:

Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth, clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth. Clean the chewing surfaces and for fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too

Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes. Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.

How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that's right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you've had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.
We believe that children should be seen by a dentist on a regular basis, to monitor their teeth as they grow. Here at our Practice, We encourage children to become actively involved in looking after their teeth from an early age. Our approach to children is fun and use as many preventative methods as we can, such as fissure sealing, Fluoride treatment and educating your child about good brushing techniques.
Fissure Sealing

Why do we seal teeth?
Children are very welcome in our Practice. Fissure sealing involves a coating of plastic applied to childrens' back teeth (the molars and premolars) in order to protect them from decay. The aim is to create a protective layer which stops food and germs from getting into the microscopic grooves in the teeth, where they could potentially cause decay. When our dentist examines your child's teeth, she will look for pits and cracks in the back teeth. The dentist will then advise you which teeth, if any, would benefit from this treatment.

The process
Applying sealant to a tooth is a quick and painless process, taking just a few minutes for each tooth. First, the dentist will clean the tooth thoroughly. Then a special solution is applied to the tooth to prepare it.Once this is dry, the dentist will apply liquid sealant, using an ultraviolet light to harden it to the surface of the tooth. Bacteria and food will be unable to penetrate this seal, ensuring the tooth is protected from decay. When is this done normally Sealants are normally applied as soon as the first adult teeth appear, usually around the age of 6 or 7. The others are sealed as they appear, which is normally between the ages of 11 and 14.

Fissure sealants normally last for many years, but we will check them regularly to ensure the seal is intact. They will wear down over time, and may occasionally need to be resealed or replaced in order to prevent decay occuring under the sealant. Your children should still brush their teeth as normal, ensuring that they stay clean and healthy. The sealant should greatly reduce the risk of tooth decay and the need for fillings in your child's teeth.
Fluoride Treatment

What is Fluoride and how it helps prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Minerals are lost (a process called de-mineralisation) from a tooth's enamel layer when acids -- formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are re-deposited to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much de-mineralisation can lead to tooth decay.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under six years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to de-mineralise the teeth. Fluoride also helps speed re-mineralisation as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.

  Sensitive Tooth Root or Exposed Root Surface

  No Daily Fluoride Exposure

  Infrequent Oral Hygiene

  Deep Fissures or Pits on Teeth Surface

  Frequent Carbohydrate and Sugar Consumption

  History of Tooth Decay

  Irregular Flow of Saliva or Dry Mouth

  Existing Dental Restorations

Your mouth is more than just a pretty smile. It's also a gateway to your overall health. Keeping that gateway clean may keep you healthier longer and looking younger. We provide fluoride treatment to help restore the lost minerals in your natural teeth due to plaque and bacteria.
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     Taking your child to the dentist
  > Take your child to the dentist when the first milk teeth appear. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. The dentist can help prevent decay and identify any oral health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child's mouth for the dentist to take a look is useful practise for when they could benefit from future preventative care
  > When you visit the dentist, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits.
  > Take your child for regular dental check-ups as advised by the dentist
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