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Six Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Smile

Spring is in full swing. Many of us tend to take the opportunity to spring clean our homes when warmer climes arrive, but have you thought about polishing your oral hygiene regime? Here are 6 spring cleaning tips to add sparkle to your smile:

  1. Swap your toothbrush: if you haven’t replaced your brush or the brush head of your electric toothbrush in the last 3-4 months, now is the time to buy a new brush or swap the head. Worn bristles aren’t as effective as new ones, and you won’t get as deep a clean.
  2. Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which is proven to benefit oral health by protecting the enamel, the hard outer surface of the tooth. Using fluoride toothpaste can help to reduce the risk of decay.
  3. Brush twice a day: we all know that dentists recommend brushing twice a day, but surveys suggest that many people only brush once. It’s important to brush every morning and evening to remove food debris and bacteria before they combine with saliva to form plaque. Plaque is the main cause of both decay and gum disease. Brushing frequently can also help to prevent bad breath and tooth staining.
  4. Set a timer: if you’re usually rushing to get out of the house in the morning, you may find that you’re not doing a thorough job. We recommend brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time. If your brush doesn’t have a timer, set a timer on your phone or play a song and brush from start to finish.
  5. Don’t be too rough: you may think that brushing vigorously achieves better results, but being too rough with your toothbrush can actually do more harm than good. Brush gently to protect your enamel.
  6. Book a hygiene session: it is possible to do a really fantastic job of cleaning with your toothbrush, but nothing compares to the powerful cleaning treatments offered by dental hygienists. Hygiene treatments remove plaque and tartar, and they also tackle surface stains and blitz bad breath.

If you need any more cleaning tips, or you’re keen to book a check-up or a hygiene session, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Three Tips to Protect Your Veneers

If you have veneers, it’s important to take good care of them to maintain your gorgeous new smile. Here are 3 top tips to help you protect your veneers:

  1. Use a straw: it is possible for some veneers to become discoloured in a similar way to the natural teeth. If you drink a lot of cola, wine, tea or coffee, you may find that your veneers become stained. If you are partial to these drinks and you don’t have stain-resistant veneers, it’s a good idea to use a straw when you drink.
  2. Avoid hard foods: veneers are strong and durable, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t break. Try and avoid very hard foods, such as boiled sweets, which may chip and break your veneers.
  3. Make an effort with dental hygiene: even if you have veneers, it’s really important to take good care of your natural teeth and your gums. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes and don’t neglect dental visits. Your dentist will have a good look at your veneers every time you have a routine dental check-up.

When you have your dental veneers fitted, your dentist will give you some useful tips to help you protect and look after them. If you need any more advice or you have questions, just pick up the phone and we’ll be happy to help.

Four Reasons to Floss

Most of us are aware of the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day, but did you know that it’s also hugely beneficial to floss? Flossing doesn’t take long, but it can make a big difference to your oral health. Here are 4 good reasons to floss:

  1. Flossing cleans the cracks between the teeth: when you brush, you can’t clean the spaces between the teeth properly, as it’s impossible to fit a brush head into a tiny gap. This is where flossing comes in handy. Adding flossing to your daily dental care regime will reduce the risk of decay.
  2. Flossing reduces the risk of gum disease: gum disease is caused by plaque, which forms when saliva, food debris and bacteria combine. If you floss, you can remove bits of food and bacteria from your mouth before plaque can form, drastically reducing your risk of gum disease.
  3. Flossing prevents bad breath: flossing helps to remove bacteria and food debris, which may be left in the mouth after brushing. When bacteria multiply and feed, they release odorous gases, which is why you end up with bad breath.
  4. Flossing can enhance the beauty of your smile: we all want bright and beautiful smiles, and flossing can help you achieve a whiter, healthier looking smile. Flossing gives you a deeper clean, ensuring that your teeth look great and that you’re safe from dental diseases.

If you have any questions about flossing, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist or your dental hygienist. They will be happy to give you tips, and show you how to get the most out of flossing.

Best Methods Of Oral Hygiene In Harlow

Maintaining a good daily oral hygiene regime goes a long way to keep dental diseases at bay, as well as helping to ensure your smile looks bright and healthy. Surveys show that many people neglect their daily oral hygiene routine, but in reality, it takes just a few minutes each day and can make a real difference to your oral and general health. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time using fluoride toothpaste. In addition, flossing is very important because it enables you to remove plaque and any left over food debris from your gum line and the cracks between your teeth, which are impossible to clean with a brush. For those who don’t like flossing, we can also recommend inter-dental brushes, which are specially designed to clean the gaps between the teeth. Research shows that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque, but you can still clean your teeth thoroughly with a manual toothbrush. In addition to good oral hygiene practices at home, we also recommend regular sessions with a dental hygienist. Hygienists have expert training in providing oral hygiene treatments and they play a very important role in the prevention of common dental health issues, including decay and gum disease. The cleaning treatments provided by dental hygienists are much more powerful than brushing at home and they remove bacteria, plaque and left over bits of food from the mouth to leave your mouth feeling amazingly clean. Seeing your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis will also give your smile a lovely glossy glow and ensure your teeth look lovely and white. If you have any questions about brushing, using inter-dental brushes, flossing or choosing oral hygiene products, we will be happy to help.