Let’s be honest, teeth are a bit odd, aren’t they? But that doesn’t mean that we think they’re any less amazing. Not only are they covered in enamel, the hardest substance in our bodies, but they’re also essential for chewing and play an important role in speech. Without our teeth, we wouldn’t be able to do some of the things that bring us the most joy.
You might think you know how to look after your teeth, but trust us, there’s always room for a little bit of improvement. After all, here at Aurora Dental, we’re the experts. No matter how old you are or how many teeth you have, you should always treat them as a top priority.
Sometimes, we use words and phrases that are perfectly normal to us, but we often forget to explain these terms to our patients. Below, you’ll find a few helpful definitions to clear things up.
Plaque is a colourless, sticky film composed of undigested food particles, saliva and bacteria. When plaque is left untreated, it hardens and discolours, forming tartar.
Tartar refers to the hard calcified deposits that appear on the teeth and gums as a result of untreated plaque.
Gingivitis often occurs as the result of plaque build-up. It can make the mouth inflamed and swollen, causing the gums to bleed when touched or brushed. If this early stage of gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen teeth enamel, making teeth less susceptible to decay. It is typically added to toothpaste and local water supplies. It can naturally occur in water, but this depends on where you live.
There’s nothing like a friendly reminder to make sure you’re doing everything you should be when it comes to taking care of your teeth. Here are some of our top tips.
When we’re younger, we’re often reminded that we should be brushing for two minutes, twice a day. These reminders tend to become far and few between as we age.
Remembering to brush your teeth for a second time can be tiresome, particularly when you’re fighting sleep or already tucked up in bed. That said, brushing your teeth before you settle in for the night is the best way to get rid of the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth throughout the day.
How you brush your teeth is also incredibly important. Brushing your teeth badly is basically the same as not brushing them at all! Whether you have a manual or electric toothbrush, brushing in gentle, circular motions is always best in order to remove plaque and avoid tartar and gingivitis.
Toothpaste isn’t all about flashy flavours and whitening potential – the most important thing to consider when choosing toothpaste is whether or not it contains fluoride. No matter which version you choose, fluoride should always be at the top of your list.
There has been some concern in recent years in regards to fluoride, however, the NHS maintains it is safe. This is because fluoride is one of the most effective tools in the battle against tooth decay. It fights the germs that can lead to decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth. If you have teeth, you should be using a fluoride toothpaste!.
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 need to brush at least twice per day with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains more than 1,000ppm fluoride.
Last but not least, adults must brush at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
Before you get any ideas, we don’t mean the dance!
Brushing regularly isn’t enough to keep your oral health in the best possible condition, and many people who do so often forget to floss. Flossing doesn’t just get rid of the tiny pieces of food that brushing misses, it’s also a fantastic way to stimulate your gums, help lower inflammation and reduce plaque too.
Flossing once a day, preferably in the evenings, can give your teeth a real helping hand. For flossing tips and tricks, click here or ask your dentist.
We think that’s just about everything for now, but if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your nearest clinic. Our friendly team will be more than happy to give you all the answers you need when it comes to looking after your gnashers.
If it’s time for one of our dentists to check that your teeth are as healthy as possible, you really should book an appointment as soon as you can. We have three clinics in the Wiltshire area for you to choose from – their contact details are as follows:
Chippenham – 01249 847270, firstname.lastname@example.org
Swindon – 01793 873044, email@example.com
Corsham – 01249 715906, firstname.lastname@example.org