During these difficult times, it has never been as important to take good care of your teeth and gums.
The access to dental care across the UK has been dramatically reduced and so this means we are unable to keep as close a check on your oral health as usual.
This being said, please make sure you are more diligent than usual in terms of your oral health routine and follow these steps to maintain your healthy smile 🙂
- Brush at least twice per day with a soft headed toothbrush (we recommend and electric brush! They have been proved to be more effective than a manual in the removal of plaque).
- Use a toothpaste with the recommend content of fluoride. The NHS recommends;
Children under 3 years old should brush twice daily, with a smear of toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
Children between 3 and 6 years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1,000ppm fluoride.
Adults should brush at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
If anybody is struggling to source toothpaste in the current situation, please let us know and we would be happy to send some samples out to you
- If you prefer to use a mouthwash, please use this at a separate time of the day to brushing, as it rinses your toothpaste away !
- Carry out inter-dental cleaning at least once per day. Your regular toothbrush only cleans the inside, outside and biting surfaces of the tooth. Don’t forget to clean the surfaces between the teeth, where bacteria can multiply if left undisturbed.
We don’t mind if you prefer to use floss, tepes (inter-dental brushes) or floss harps. Whichever is best for you is good for us!
- If you wear a denture, don’t forget to take this out at night and clean with a soft toothbrush and water. Bateria can stagnate under your denture unless cleaned regularly (please do not use a toothpaste on your denture as these can be abrasive). Of course please don’t forget to clean the rest of your teeth as normal!
Following these simple steps will no only keep your mouth sparkling clean but also reduce the risk of any dental problems that may require treatment and means you have one less thing to worry about in these difficult times.
If anyone does experience any problems or would like any advice, please do give us a call at the practice and the team will be happy to help 🙂
Keep safe and well!
From all the team @ Milk Dental Practice