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Effective Tooth Brushing Techniques

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

464425_blogBrushing your teeth is essential for good oral health and it also helps to reduce your risk of suffering from general health problems. Brushing is important because it removes plaque from the mouth. Plaque is a sticky white film made from food particles and bacteria and it clings to the tooth enamel. Plaque is a major cause of gum disease and decay and if it is left to collect, it hardens, becoming tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing.

Once plaque collects in the mouth, there is a risk of cavities, decay and gum disease. Research has also shown that as well as causing gum disease, harmful bacteria can also increase your risk of serious medical conditions, including heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

How should I brush my teeth?

Most people think that there is no real technique to brushing your teeth and simply holding your brush against your teeth will suffice. However, perfecting your brushing technique will make a big difference to your oral health. Here are some tips for brushing your teeth:

  • Use a brush with a small head with soft or medium bristles
  • Hold the brush at an angle and cover all surfaces of the tooth
  • Remember to brush along the gum line
  • Brush every tooth and spend equal amounts of time on each quadrant of the mouth
  • Use an electric toothbrush (they are proven to remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes)

How long should I brush my teeth for?

You should aim to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. If you have difficulty brushing for the recommended time, try buying a toothbrush with a built-in timer or brushing along to your favourite song.  You can also download apps that time you when you are brushing.

Which toothbrush should I use?

We recommend using an electric toothbrush because they are proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Our friendly team at City Dental in Leeds will be happy to recommend toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral hygiene products.

Sensational Simplicity with a Sonicare Toothbrush

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

iStock_000006052729XSmallTeeth cleaning shouldn’t be a grind and with Sonicare, you can enjoy an amazingly deep clean with complete simplicity and no stress at all. At City Dental Leeds, we are proud to endorse the Sonicare range and we encourage our patients to try this incredible brand of brushes.

Why Sonicare?

Sonicare is a well-known brand that produces high quality products based on extensive research and the findings of clinical trials. There is a wide range of Sonicare brushes available to suit all budgets and all the brushes are easy-to-use and highly effective.

We recommend Sonicare because of the results the brushes achieve, the innovative design features and the range of products available.

Do I really need an electric toothbrush?

It is possible to achieve a good clean with a manual toothbrush, however clinical trials consistently show that using an electric toothbrush achieves a more thorough result. Trials show that electric brushes remove more plaque than manual brushes and many people find electric brushes easier to use. With an electric brush, the technology does all the hard work for you and you’re guaranteed a great clean every time.

Brushing tips

There is an assumption that brushing as firmly as possible will remove more plaque, but this is not the case and we actually advise our patients to adopt a gentle approach when brushing. Brushing vigorously can damage the tooth enamel. If you have an electric toothbrush, you don’t have to put in additional effort. Simply guide the brush around your mouth and let the brush do all the work for you! We strongly recommend brushing for two minutes in the mornings and evenings. You can buy brushes that have a built-in timer, or you could set a timer on your watch or phone to make sure you hit this target.

If you would like advice about buying toothbrushes or would like to find out more about Sonicare, we will be happy to help. Simply give us a call or pop in and see us if you are in London.

Brushing and more in the City of Leeds

Monday, December 16th, 2013

3388353_blogIt is very easy to take brushing your teeth for granted in the city of Leeds and although you may well have gone out and bought the best brush on the market to do the job of keeping your teeth clean, the toothbrush doesn’t always cut it on its own when it comes to oral hygiene; you need to do more. Of course, a good brush is good for your mouth so get the best tool that you can, but you need to back up your daily brushing with other products as well. Dental floss and inter-dental brushes can get into places where a normal toothbrush can’t, namely between the teeth and up around the gums and they are an excellent way of removing food from these areas after eating. Finding a good mouthwash can also help to flush out bacteria that lurk in the mouth and many are designed to rid your teeth and gums of threats posed by plaque and gum disease. Also be aware of the work that your dentist does: if you continue to keep up with appointments, a quick probe and an x-ray can highlight any problems that you may have missed with your work at home and if need be, get patched up. Plus, never be afraid to ask your dentist about how you can improve your oral hygiene- it could not only promote your overall hygiene, but also save you a shed-load off money being forked out for corrective procedures in the future.