Toothbrushing; When, Why, and How Blog

24 October 2016

We all know that we should brush twice a day, accompanied by flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. We know that it helps keep our mouth healthy and free of harmful bacteria. But for most people, that may just be all they know about tooth brushing. It is extremely important to know the specifics when it comes to managing your oral health. Continue reading for more information on toothbrushing, and how to develop a better home-care regimen to halt the growth of harmful bacteria, and to promote a healthy, happy mouth.

1 - Use the Right Brush

Perhaps one of the most important steps in promoting proper oral home care is to select the correct type of brush. Brushes with softer bristles are usually recommended, as brushes with hard bristles can irritate the gums as you brush. The great debate of an electric toothbrush versus a manual toothbrush really boils down to one thing; the user’s preference. Many people claim that they prefer a manual toothbrush so that they know they are getting the job done. Others claim that after brushing with an electric toothbrush, their teeth feel exceptionally clean. As stated before, it really does boil down to the user’s preference. If you still are not sure about what toothbrush to use, consider speaking to your dental hygienist about what they recommend for you. Every mouth is different, and no one knows better than your trusted dental professionals. As always, remember to get a new brush every three to four months. A worn-out brush does no good for your teeth and gums.

2 - Use the Right Toothpaste

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selecting your toothpaste. When standing in the aisle at the supermarket taking a look at the different options, it can be extremely overwhelming and confusing, especially when most of the brands claim to do the same things. Most dentists recommend the use of Colgate products, though everyone is different, and the toothpaste that you use depends on your personal preference, and the changes you hope to see thanks to what you brush with. There are pastes that are developed for whitening, anti-sensitivity, anti-cavity, and more. Depending on your personal situation, there is always a good choice for you and what you wish to achieve. If you experience extreme pain and sensitivity, even without contact with hot or cold objects, consider looking for a toothpaste that is geared specifically towards sensitivity. If you wish your teeth could just be a shade or two lighter, aim for a toothpaste that is designed to help whiten teeth gradually. You’d be amazed at what a good toothpaste paired with good brushing can do. There is also the option of searching online for reviews of different toothpastes to see what others who have tried certain brands have to say about them. As always, if you still aren’t sure which toothpaste would be best for you, do not be afraid to speak with your dentist and dental hygienist about the options that are best for you. They will always be able to steer you in the right direction, and they may even have personal testimonials about certain brands.

3 - Brush Correctly

Some people assume that they can simply run their toothbrush quickly over their teeth to clean them. This is incorrect. Believe it or not, there is a correct way to brush your teeth. When you bring the toothbrush to your teeth, place it at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Move your brush back and forth in a gentle manner, making sure to brush all surfaces of each tooth; this includes the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces. Ensure that you reach the furthest point of the teeth in the back of the mouth by angling your brush to allow brushing in that region of your mouth. Allow yourself a full two minutes to thoroughly brush. When you are finished brushing your teeth, brush your tongue to remove bacteria from its surface. This ensure

Covid-19 and your care

We have now received clear guidance as to what dental procedures we can safely carry out and at what stages during the pandemic.

Below is a summary of the guidance as we understand it, although this may modify over the next few days as some small inconsistencies are clarified.

The government has set five different risk levels for the pandemic 1-5 (low to high), although this changes on a daily basis.

The treatments that we can carry out safely in dental practice will change with the risk level.

Treatments are significantly limited at level 4.

During the next few weeks, we will attempt to contact each patient that has contacted us with a significant dental problem during lockdown, and we hope to book an assessment appointment for those patients in the week commencing 8th June.

Practice doors will be locked at level 3, 4 and 5. Entry to the practice will be limited to pre-booked appointments.

There will be very clear criteria provided in due course as what is required before arriving at the practice, and what the procedure will be upon arrival. We will endeavour to ensure that each person knows exactly what to expect at their visit as this will be quite different to what you have been used to.

The appointment diary will be structured to take into consideration those patients who are shielding, may have underlying medical issues and so on.

The first week is expected to be a slow start as we ensure that the new protocols are working effectively for everyone’s safety. These protocols will be audited and modified until required.

At level 4 we should be able to carry out the following:

Dental assessment (initially restricted to patients who have current urgent need, or did and contacted us during lockdown).

X rays but only for patients who tolerate them well.

TEMPORARY re cementation of crowns. (We cannot dry the tooth effectively enough to cement a crown permanently with the restrictions we face).

Fabrication or repair of removable dentures.

Simple dental extractions. If a tooth breaks, it is probable we will have to leave the roots in place until we are at a lower level of risk. Naturally, we will assess the risk very carefully prior to treatment.

Tightening of loose dental implants if possible, without using a high-speed handpiece (drill).

Temporary fillings.

Draining of a swelling/abscess.

Provision of antibiotics.

Trimming of sharp orthodontic wires (not reliable re cementation of loose brackets, or replacement of missing brackets).

Treatment is only to be offered after careful assessment.

Cosmetic orthodontics

Cheshire Dental Centre provide many of these treatments. We may now be able to progress some of our Quick Straight Teeth cases. We will be in touch with each patient shortly, but please allow us to contact you; we hope that it is understandable that we will be prioritising patients with urgent dental need.

The PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for the above are not too onerous, and we will not look too different to normal. As you are aware, the cross-infection control at Cheshire Dental Centre has always been exemplary and one of our top priorities.

Although we have been organised with the new PPE guidelines well in advance there may be the occasional time where we are awaiting stock. All practices are attempting to source the necessary PPE we need to keep you and us safe, but supplies are scarce and consequently very expensive.