Cleaning Instructions : cleaning your teeth removes the sticky layer of plaque containing bacteria which causes tooth decay and gum disease. If we remove the plaque thoroughly the bacteria don’t get a chance to cause problems. Unfortunately we can never remove all the bacteria, and when we finish cleaning they grow back again, so that’s why we need to clean at least twice a day to keep them under control.

When should I brush my teeth?

  • Teeth should be cleaned after eating breakfast in the morning, and just before bedtime.
  • Thorough tooth brushing takes a minimum of 2-3 minutes each time.
  • Brushing every surface of every tooth correctly is more important than how long you brush for. Quality not quantity.
  • Teeth should be flossed at least once a day. Use floss before brushing, this clears out the spaces between the teeth so that the tooth paste foam can more easily get in there, and harden up the enamel where the teeth touch. 

Which toothpaste is best?

Any FLUORIDATED toothpaste. The fluoride, found in most family toothpastes available in the supermarket, is able to harden up damaged areas of enamel, and is a very important tool in the fight against tooth decay.

Spit out the tooth paste but don’t rinse it off, it needs to stay in contact with the teeth to work, the longer it is in contact with the teeth, the more effective it will be at preventing tooth decay, especially when left over-night. Also don’t preload your brush with water before applying the tooth paste, it just dilutes it and makes it less effective.

The concentration of fluoride needs to be at least 1000p.p.m. or more for the fluoride to be effective. Sometimes it will be shown as Active Ingredients: Sodium Fluoride 0.32% w/w (1450 p.p.m. F-), it’s the last measurement in p.p.m. that you need to know. 1450ppm will be very effective. 

Which toothbrush is best?

We recommend using a small soft toothbrush. A smaller toothbrush head is easier to manoeuvre around your back teeth.

Electric toothbrushes can be benfecial for those with reduced dexterity.

Do I need to use a mouthwash?

No. Mouthwashes are not necessary except in certain circumstances. They are never a substitute for brushing and flossing, because they do not remove the sticky layer of plaque. Do not use immediately after tooth brushing as they will dilute the effect of the fluoride in the toothpaste. If you must use them, then use them at some other time during the day.

We do not recommend them unless we believe it is necessary. Many contain significant concentrations of alcohol. The dentist or the hygienist may recommend special mouthwashes for those who have a high decay rate, who have braces, gum disease, dry mouth (xerostomia), and certain medical conditions.