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Our Top Tips To Help You Practice Good Oral Hygiene At Home

Looking after your teeth should be an important part of your daily routine. Taking care of your teeth properly will ensure that you prevent any potential dental problems that could come to fruition in the future. And of course, we all want to make sure our smile looks its best!

 

Here are our ten top tips to help you achieve good oral hygiene at home:

  1. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth

Neglecting to brush teeth at night is a surprisingly common occurrence, as people just want to get to bed! Brushing your teeth morning and night ensures you are removing any plaque built up throughout the day or night that could turn into solid tartar, thus reducing the risk of dental diseases and decay.

 

  1. Brush your teeth properly

When brushing your teeth take your time, making sure to hit every spot in your mouth with gentle circular motions.

 

  1. Don’t neglect your tongue

Plaque doesn’t just build up on your teeth, but your tongue as well. By making sure to clean your tongue the amount of plaque that can attack your teeth are minimised and you prevent the risk of a bad mouth odour.

 

  1. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride

Fluoride is the leading defence against tooth decay. Toothpaste that contain 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride are the most effective. Your dentist may advise you to use higher-strength toothpaste if you are at particular risk of tooth decay.

 

  1. Floss your teeth

Flossing reduces plaque buildup and lowers any inflammation within the gums by stimulating the blood flow. It is recommended that you floss at least once a day, but it is easier to make sure you floss whenever you brush your teeth.

 

  1. Use mouthwash

Using mouthwash reduces the acidity within the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around your gums, whilst re-mineralising your teeth ready for the day or night. Ensuring your teeth are at their strongest.

 

  1. Limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods

Sugar converts to acid within the mouth and this acid attacks your teeth, which creates cavities and wears down the enamel. By reducing your intake of these foods, you will reduce the acidity level within the mouth thus reducing the risk of dental disease or decay.

 

  1. Swap your sugary drinks for water

This has the same effect within the mouth as sugary or acidic food.

 

  1. Change your toothbrush regularly

Like anything, your toothbrush wears out after a while and becomes less effective in cleaning your teeth, so it is recommended to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

 

  1. Regularly see the dentist

Keep a calendar with when you are going to see your dentist and keep to your appointments, which should be every 6 months.

 

If you are ever unsure about what to do to ensure good oral hygiene, ask your dentist for advice.

If you would like some advice or would like to book an appointment, please contact Shifnal Dental Care on 01952 460119 or fill out our enquiry form. Our treatment coordinator Katherine would be happy to speak to with you.

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June 05 2020 Update – Reopening Soon!

We are excited to be preparing for our return to the practice as soon as possible after the 8th June.  We know it is important to keep our patients as informed as possible and we wanted to let you know there will be some slight changes in your visits during the next few months.

Shifnal Dental Care has always adhered to the rigorous cross infection procedures set out by the governing bodies and all of our team members are highly trained in all aspects of cross infection control.  However, there are some additional Covid-19 procedures to follow and one of these is the social distancing rules that we have all become used to over the last couple of months.

You will receive information  before your appointment, this may be via email or via the post or a telephone conversation this will include some details you will need to complete before attending.  This will help us to continue to keep our patients and teams safe.

Things to know about your next appointment:

  • Before leaving home please remember to brush your teeth, use the toilet and wash your hands for 20 seconds before leaving.
  • Please bring the minimal number of belongings with you.
  • Please phone us once you have arrived in the carpark.
  • Please wait in your car or by the door and we will call you in as soon as possible.
  • Please attend unaccompanied unless you require a carer or parent.
  • On entry into the practice – we will have a welcome point and a member of our team will take your temperature, ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • In the surgery , we will be wearing full PPE- please do not be worried it is still us!
  • Before you leave the surgery we will ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • When you leave the surgery we will begin the disinfection and sterilisation process of the surgery.
  • Payments and future bookings will be organised at reception keeping within the social distancing rules.
  • On leaving the premises we will ask you to sanitise your hands and we will look forward to seeing you again!

We hope you understand that this is for everyone’s safety and we would appreciate your patience and cooperation as we negotiate these difficult times.