Sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your children's teeth from decay. a sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
The process is quick and straightforward taking only a few minutes per tooth. Sealants usually last for many years, but your dentist will want to check them regularly to make sure they are still intact.
Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn't removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the food debris left behind and causing tooth decay and gum disease.
Worn out tooth brushes cannot clean your teeth properly and may damage your gums. It is important to change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if the filaments become worn. When the filaments become splayed, they do not clean properly.
Adults should choose a small to medium size brush with soft to medium multi-tufted, round ended nylon bristles or filaments. The head should be small enough to get into all parts of the mouth: especially the back where cleaning can be difficult. Children need to use smaller brushes but with the same type of filament.
A range of specialist toothbrushes are available at reception.
Interdental brushing is using a small brush to clean between the teeth makes sure you are removing debris and plaque that can not be reached by your normal toothbrush.
Over the course of a day food and debris get lodged between teeth and, if left, can cause dental decay and gum disease. With its small head and filaments the interdental brush can be easily moved between teeth and hard to reach places.
Interdental brushes come in varying sizes so it is easy to pick the correct size suitable for you. Sometimes different sizes are needed for different areas of the mouth.
Interdental brushing should be carried out at least once a day.
TePe brushes are available at reception.
Tongue cleansing is a quick and efficient way to help achieve and sustain a healthy, fresh mouth.
The back of the tongue is the main focal point for the majority of micro-organisms in the mouth which are a major source of bad breath, plaque forming bacteria and those associated with gingivitis and tooth decay. It is therefore important to reduce these micro organisms in all areas of the mouth, especially the tongue. A tongue cleanser is the ideal tool to use in conjunction with a toothbrush and floss/interdental brushes to help achieve optimum oral cleanliness.
Tongue scrapers are available at reception.