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!

Halloween is almost upon us. While many people look forward to dressing up and going trick or treating, Halloween can be a nightmare for dentists. Traditionally, this is a time of year when people tend to treat themselves to all kinds of sugary delights, which can take their toll on the teeth. If you’re eager to be a little healthier this Halloween, here are some simple tips to bear in mind:

Brushing tips

It’s really important to take good care of your teeth all year-round. Don’t neglect brushing even when you’re in a rush. Take just 2 minutes every morning and evening to brush and floss daily. Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months and be gentle. If you brush too hard, this can damage your enamel.

Healthy eating

Many of us enjoy sweets, cakes and biscuits at Halloween parties. There’s nothing wrong with having the odd treat, but try not to go too crazy. Avoid snacking between meals and limit your intake of sugary foods. If you’re throwing a party for the kids, it’s really easy to create healthier alternatives using fruit and vegetables. Check out some cool ideas online and try and be creative! You can make spiders, ghosts, witches, cats and frogs with a little imagination and some carefully selected ingredients.

See your dentist

If it’s been longer than 6-9 months since you went to the dentist, call and make an appointment for a routine check-up. Even if you haven’t had any problems and your teeth look fine, it’s really important to keep up to date with regular checks, as they enable dentists to spot early warning signs.

If you need some more healthy Halloween tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Regardless of the type of toothbrush used, the goal of oral hygiene and teeth brushing is to prevent sticky plaque from adhering to the tooth surface and gums causing solid tartar build-up. Plaque calculus stimulates natural bacteria in the mouth to over-colonise and rot teeth. Tooth decay is prevalent amongst those who do not maintain daily oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.

Range of products

There are a range of products that may be used for oral cleansing. Where once people may have only used manual toothbrushes, they now have the option of choosing between natural toothbrushes, manual toothbrushes and electric or battery-operated ones. In making this choice, it is worth knowing the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Choosing Traditional Versus Electric Toothbrushes

Preference – The views on the advantages and drawbacks of each type of toothbrush are varied. Some say that it is down to preference and the type of toothbrush an individual prefers to use. The vibrating sensation of electric toothbrushes may not appeal to some people. Those with sensitive teeth may find this uncomfortable. However, others may choose an electric toothbrush for its consistent cleaning technique.

Rotation Oscillation vs Manual Control – Research findings do evidence the effectiveness of electric rotation oscillation for teeth cleaning technique, however studies are not conclusive in suggesting the electric technique trumps manual teeth cleaning with traditional toothbrushes.

Oral Hygiene and Safe Use – Both types of toothbrushes may be used in a disposable manner for maintaining oral hygiene. With either electric or traditional toothbrush use, food debris may still be left caught in hard to reach oral crevices. Regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning may still be required. The pressure applied in teeth brushing still depends on the user, therefore oral trauma may occur whether using an electric or traditional tooth brush. For more information on brushing teeth and the best technique and brush contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex for more information.