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How do you prevent plaque?
Monday, 19 September 2011 07:22

What is Plaque?

 

Plaque is the film of bacteria which is constantly forming on all teeth. Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease.

 

Everyone's saliva contains millions of bacteria. These bacteria stick to the surface of our teeth and quickly multiply to form layers of plaque.

 

Plaque at first is a soft, colourless substance which is difficult to see until the coating is quite thick and becomes a white layer. It collects on the surfaces of teeth mainly next to the gums between the teeth.

 

How do you prevent plaque from forming?

 

Careful tooth cleaning every day will remove plaque before it builds up in sufficient amounts to damage your teeth and gums. Plaque can be removed from around your teeth with a toothbrush. Use a dental floss to clean between your teeth in hard to reach areas.

 

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Healthy Teeth - Top Tips
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:33

Top Tips - Keeping Healthy Teeth

 

It's no secret that keeping healthy teeth will prevent tooth decay and keep you away from the dentist! So, here are some easy to remember tips for adults and children:

 

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day; always before bed time and one other time
  2. Use a fluoride based toothpaste [children from 2+]
  3. For children 2+ use a pea sized amount of toothpaste
  4. For children under 2 use a soft brush and tap water only [toothpaste is not recommended for children under 2]
  5. It's always good to have an adult supervise children under 6 when brushing teeth - avoid any bad habits!
  6. After brushing, spit out excess toothpaste but don't rinse mouth as this washes the fluoride away
  7. Clean between teeth with floss
  8. Continue with the same routine from 7+
  9. Reducing intake of sugary foods and drinks will help to fight tooth decay in both children and adults
  10. Try to limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes

 

If you'd like more help and advice please feel free to contact us

 

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