Top tips for terrific teeth!

Redback Creations - Monday, July 29, 2013

1. Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

It doesn't matter how old you are, or how many teeth you have, you should always follow your dentist's advice about how often they need to see you.

So why are check-ups so important? Well, for starters prevention is always better than cure. Regular visits to the dentist can identify problems developing early, and more importantly set you on a path to rectify them.

2. Take diet into consideration

One of the key messages is ‘cut down how often you have sugary foods and drinks'. This is a particularly important message for parents to remember. The more often your child has sugary or acidic foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. It is therefore important to keep sugary and acidic foods to mealtimes only. Food and drinks which are kindest to teeth include cheese, crackers, breadsticks, raw vegetables, plain water and milk.

3. Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste

It's important to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and just before you go to bed for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Why? During the night the flow of saliva, which is the mouth's cleaning system, slows down. This leaves the mouth more at risk to decay; therefore brushing acts as a preventive measure.

Fluoride is an incredibly important addition to the toothpaste we use. There are different levels depending on how old you are.

4. Indulge in interdental cleaning

As brushing alone only cleans around two thirds of the mouth, it is important to use interdental brushes or floss to clean away any food debris caught between the teeth. It can help to reduce the risk of gum disease.

5. Remember the one hour rule

It takes an average of 40 minutes for the mouth to neutralise the acid caused by eating or drinking sugar. Therefore it is best to wait at least one hour after eating before brushing teeth. Eating or drinking weakens the enamel on the teeth, meaning if you brush too soon it cause tiny particles of the enamel to be brushed away.

6. Teeth are not tools!

Although you can't legislate for genuine accidents, please remember your teeth aren't tools. If your party trick is to open a bottle of beer with your teeth, or if you're always biting open the crisp packet, you're actually doing your teeth more harm than good.

7. Think about appearance

If you have a great oral hygiene routine, or even if you don't, there's no reason why you can't think about some cosmetic treatment to help brighten or restore your smile. People who smoke, drink red wine and lots of coffee may find over time their teeth become stained. There are toothpastes available that can remove these stains, but they won't alter the natural shade of your teeth. It's always best to have a good chat with your dentist about the options, which can include tooth whitening, crowns or veneers

Loose Dentures? Make them History!

Redback Creations - Monday, January 07, 2013

Many people are missing all or some of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw, some have difficulty keeping their dentures secure and struggle with this annoyance, but help is at hand!

Dentures become loose over a period of time due to the supporting bone levels starting to recede away. This means the denture no longer fits as snugly as it once did. Options are available to have new dentures made or to have your dentures relined, however problems can still persist due to the changing shape of the bone.

If you find loose dentures are an issue for you, that you are embarrassed about your loose dentures, or reluctant to go out for meals with family and friends, carrying a tube of adhesive "just in case." Give us a call on 02870 832798 and ask about denture stabilisation.

Denture stabilisation uses dental implants to secure dentures in place.

As illustrated above, the procedure involves placing titanium screws into the jaw, where they will fuse into the bone. This procedure usually takes approximately 1 hour and can be done with local anesthetic. Your denture is modified for comfort during the healing period, then is further modified to snap onto the implants. The denture is now secure until you remove it for cleaning.

Benefits of denture stabilisation include :

  1. Restores chewing, allowing you to enjoy a wide variety of foods
  2. Improves speech
  3. Improves confidence and comfort
  4. Dentures no longer move around as they may have before
  5. The procedure is less invasive than you think.

Get in contact with the practice should you have any enquiries or would like further information.

Flossing Technique

Redback Creations - Monday, June 18, 2012

Over the weekend I had been reading several "how to" guides online and thought it may be helpful to put on a "How to Floss post." In order for dental floss to effectively remove plaque from your teeth, you need to be sure you’re using the correct technique.

Be sure to wash your hands before you reach for the floss. As long as you use the correct technique, the type of floss you use is a matter of personal preference.

Just follow the steps:

  • Use enough floss. Break off a piece about 18 inches long. That sounds like a lot, but you want enough to keep a clean segment in place as you move from tooth to tooth. Wrap most of the floss around either the middle finger or the index finger of one hand, whichever you prefer, and a small amount onto the middle or index finger of the other hand. (Using the middle finger leaves your index finger free to manipulate the floss.)
  • Slide between teeth. Gently slide the floss between the teeth in a zigzag motion and be careful not to let the floss snap or “pop” between teeth.
  • Form a “C”. Make a C shape with the floss as you wrap it around the tooth. Then carefully pull the floss upward from the gum line to the top of the tooth.
  • Roll along. As you move from one tooth to the next, unroll a fresh section of floss from the finger of one hand while rolling the used floss onto the finger of the other hand. Use your thumb as a guide.
  • Reach both sides. Don’t forget to floss the back side of each tooth.