How to care for your teeth
How to care for your teeth
As your teeth need to last you a lifetime it is important to look after them carefully. You do this by brushing them twice a day for about 2 minutes. This stops the build up of plaque which can cause gum disease and tooth decay.
You should always brush your teeth last thing at night and then on one other occasion during the day. It doesn’t matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush as long as you brush all the surfaces of your teeth and use a fluoride toothpaste. Adults should use a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride.
Children do not need a “children’s” toothpaste. They can use the family one as long as it has 1,350 to 1,500 ppm of fluoride. Below 3 children should use just a smear of toothpaste whilst children 3-6 should use a pea-sized blob. Make sure your children don’t lick or eat toothpaste from the tube. Children need to be helped or supervised brushing their teeth until they are at least seven years old.
For most adults, a toothbrush with a small head and a compact angled arrangement of long and short round ended bristles will be fine. Medium or soft bristles are best for most people. However making sure you clean your teeth twice a day is more important than the type of toothbrush you use.
After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste but don’t rinse your mouth out as it will
wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste, thus diluting it and reducing its preventative effects.
Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can also help to prevent tooth decay but shouldn’t be used directly after brushing your teeth or it too will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth.
For help choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste for you and your family, ask a member of our team.
What can I do if my children’s teeth are crooked?
Problems with crooked or out of place teeth are quite common in the UK. It’s though about a third of 12-year-olds would benefit from some degree of orthodontic treatment. If this is a concern for you, you should speak to your dentist who can then refer you to an orthodontist. Orthodontics use devices such as a brace to correct the position of your child’s teeth. The exact treatment will depend on the problems your child is having and may involve removing some teeth. The length of treatment will depend on how complicated the problem is but it is usually between 18 and 24 months. If your dentist recommends orthodontic treatment you have to decide whether to have treatment privately or on the NHS. NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under 18 with a clear clinical need for treatment.
However because of the high demand for treatment, there can be a long waiting list for six months to two years or more depending on where you live. If you want to avoid this wait or your child doesn’t qualify for NHS treatment, you can pay for private treatment.
Private orthodontic treatment is widely available but expensive. The fee can range from £2000 to £6000 depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of appliances used. A private orthodontist will give an estimate of the treatment cost after and initial assessment of the problem. Many will offer a treatment plan so you can spread the cost.
For more information and to find an orthodontist near you, visit the General Dental Council (GDC) website.
At Asset Chemist we have a range of electric toothbrushes to help aid with brushing your teeth. Our range of Oral B electric toothbrushes includes advance power 400, vitality precision clean blue power and pro-2500 electric toothbrush special edition
For further information on our toothbrushes and other services take a look at our website www.assetchemist.co.uk