The state of our children's dental health hit the headlines on the 13th July 2015. Is there really a dental crisis that merits such headlines as? BBC - Child tooth removal 'at crisis point' Telegraph and Argus - Stop 'pussy footing around' about children's dental health crisis, councillor … [Read more...] about Child tooth decay at crisis point
Dental Care Tips and Advice
Maintaining good oral health has many benefits including increasing your self confidence while improving your overall health.
While I'm not a dental professional I've been on a quest to improve my own oral health, this led me to try and discover everything I could about keeping my teeth and gums healthy.
Enjoy this blog and keep smiling.
Regardless of whether you have near perfect teeth or troublesome teeth; you still need to see your dentist on a regular basis to get them checked out. Many dental problems don't become noticeable until they start causing you pain or your gums start to bleed. Regular check-ups can help prevent … [Read more...] about Why you need regular dental check-ups
A baby's first visits to the dentists are mostly about getting babies used to the dentist's chair and educating parents about how to care for baby's teeth. If your child has moved from the bottle to using a cup and doesn't snack or drink in the middle of the night, you get a one year pass, until … [Read more...] about Baby’s first visit to the dentist
Having sensitive teeth can mean anything from getting a mild twinge to having severe discomfort that can continue for several hours. It can also be an early warning sign of more serious dental problems. Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by a number of everyday activities, the most common … [Read more...] about Sensitive teeth – causes and treatment
The vast majority, if not all, modern electric toothbrushes are now two piece units. All the electronic wizardry is contained in the toothbrush handle, while the business end consists of the actual brush head. Keeping both parts clean is important for health reasons and also to keep your brush … [Read more...] about How to clean an electric toothbrush
Teeth whitening strips are a very popular choice for home teeth whitening. It's easy to understand why; they are readily available, reasonably priced and quite easy to use. What are teeth whitening strips? Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of … [Read more...] about Teeth Whitening Strips
Flossing is all about removing dental plaque that hides away between the gaps in our teeth. Plaque is the bacteria that forms on tooth surfaces between cleaning's and if not quickly removed causes tooth decay, inflamed gums, gum disease and eventually tooth loss. How good is your flossing … [Read more...] about How to Floss
Fruit Dried fruit, fruit juice and honey contain natural sugars that can cause tooth decay - but that doesn't mean all fruit is bad for your teeth. Experts recommend people continue to eat fresh fruit but drink water afterwards to wash away the acid. Alternatively, eat something containing calcium, … [Read more...] about Healthy Teeth – What to eat and what to avoid
Independent research has shown that chewing sugar free gum after eating and drinking by increases the production of saliva that reduces acid. These acids typically stick around in the mouth for 20 minutes after eating so chewing gum for 20 minutes after eating or drinking increases the amount of … [Read more...] about Is chewing gum good for your teeth?
Where you store your toothbrush in your bathroom is important. In a lot of bathrooms, the toilet is very close to the sink. Every time you flush, bacteria are released into the air and can get your toothbrush if it's left close by. Scientists at Leeds University tested the air above toilets and … [Read more...] about Protect your brush from the flush
A Tepe interdental brush is simply a small brush specifically designed for cleaning between your teeth. These types of brushes are often used as a simpler to use alternative to manual flossing. There's no reason why both flossing and interdental brushing cannot both be used to help combat the … [Read more...] about TePe interdental brushes
Being "long in the tooth" is an expression we've all heard and derives from the observation that as we get older we can appear to have longer teeth (where's that mirror?). A common complaint in adults that have seen the back of their 40th birthday is that their gums start to recede, this exposes … [Read more...] about Receding Gums – Causes and Treatment
Interdental brushing is just one of the ways that can help prevent the build up of plaque. Interdental brushes have small circular bristled heads specially designed to clean between your teeth. Although the space or gap between your teeth conceals only about 40% of the tooth surface, it can be … [Read more...] about How to use interdental brushes
Toothache is pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is most often caused by tooth decay. The pain usually starts suddenly and it can vary from mild discomfort to a severe throbbing. The area of your jaw close to the infected tooth may also be sore and tender to the touch. Toothache can … [Read more...] about How to Stop Toothache
Keep your toothbrush dry and clean If you don't dry your toothbrush it will cultivate more bacteria Shake out the moisture and recap the brush with a cap that allows air in Make sure you brush is up to scratch A brush should last about 3 months with normal usage but doing a visual check is … [Read more...] about How to brush your teeth
It's estimated that about half the adult population has some degree of gum disease and although there is some evidence that gum disease is hereditary, the main cause is not removing the plaque that forms on our teeth and gums. To combat plaque you simply have to know how develop a good brushing … [Read more...] about How to keep your gums healthy
There's no doubting the increasing popularity of "whitening" toothpastes but do they contain some magical formula that other toothpastes don't contain? If so it seems every toothpaste manufacturer is on the secret because every brand seems to have a toothpaste that has this special power. So … [Read more...] about Whitening Toothpaste Guide
Everyone's gums bleed at some point in their lives and for a variety of reasons - but it can still a little alarming if we spit blood after brushing our teeth. Bleeding gums are primarily caused by the build up of plaque at the gum line. If plaque is not removed through regular brushing it will … [Read more...] about How to stop Bleeding Gums
Most teeth are slightly yellow but the degree of yellowness varies greatly from person to person. This post looks into the causes and treatment of discoloured teeth. The message is loud in clear throughout this site; if you brush properly twice a day and floss regularly you should have clean, … [Read more...] about Yellow Teeth – Causes and Treatment
This is a follow up post to my guide on fluoride toothpaste; that post was generally supportive of the use of using a fluoride toothpaste. However that does mean I don't have reservations about the use of fluoride in dental products, I do have reservations; and lots of them. There's no doubt … [Read more...] about Fluoride-Free Toothpaste Guide
Many sources condemn the use of fluoride in dental care products - so should you be using a fluoride toothpaste or not? One resource suggests that fluoride toothpastes make up more than 95% of all toothpaste sales; I can verify this is accurate for USA sales so it's likely to be at similar … [Read more...] about Fluoride Toothpaste Guide
The most common detergent/surfactant in toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). SLS is the substances that produces the foam when you start brushing and also helps pull food particles and stains away from teeth. SLS can be derived from coconut or palm kernel oil and has been used in … [Read more...] about SLS Free Toothpaste Guide
An interdental brush is a tiny brush specially designed for cleaning between your teeth. Many folks struggle with flossing and regular brushing can leave behind unwanted plaque in those hard to reach places in your mouth. It's important to clean all the four tooth surfaces but the surfaces most … [Read more...] about Interdental Brushes
Gum disease is where the gums become swollen, sore or infected; these conditions are also known as gingivitis and in more severe cases, periodontal disease. Mild cases of gum disease can effectively treated by having a good oral hygiene routine and having your teeth professionally cleaned. It is … [Read more...] about Gum Disease Treatment