Category: Dental Products

Do whitening toothpastes really work?

All of us would love to have that perfectly white smile that you see many celebrities with but how easy is it to achieve? There are so many products out there that promise whiter teeth in just one or two applications and many toothpastes are advertised as whitening. You may think that spending a couple of extra pounds in a whitening toothpaste is worth it but does it actually really make a difference? Some of these products can help remove surface stains caused by coffee, tea or smoking for example, but they cannot change the natural colour of the tooth or remove stains that are deeper than the surface. Often a good toothbrush with toothpaste on is an effective as any whitening toothpaste. Activated charcoal can work well to remove stubborn stains but it is an abrasive so you need to be careful not to over use it as this could damage the protection layer.

If you really want to have noticeably whiter teeth then you need to have a proper treatment ideally done by a qualified dentist. It will set you back a few hundred pounds and will eventually need doing again but can give you that brighter smile you have been looking for.

Should my child have an electric toothbrush?

Many parents worry about their children’s teeth and as to if they are brushing them correctly. Ideally you want to start getting them used to teeth brushing as soon as possible and even if they only have one or two teeth through, it’s a good idea to start putting the brush in their month and allow them to get used to it.

As they get older you will need to spend a little bit longer each day brushing their teeth until they are able to do it properly on their own (which is usually around the age of 7).

You need to decide which brush is better fo your child. It may be that a child friendly vibrating brush is perfect as even if they don’t move it around too much the brush will do some of the hard work. For some children, an electric brush is too much and they prefer a manual one. This is fine as long as you ensure they are spending the time needed and brushing where they should.

If you can get them to use a child’s electric brush from the age of a bout 6 then this will give them the best opportunity to keep their teeth clean. Always ensure that they are not too rough through or over brushing as this can damage their gums.

Do I need to spend a fortune on toothpaste?

The market for toothpaste products in the UK last year was a staggering 541 million pounds so are we all buying expensive toothpaste when we do not need to?

If we believe the many advertising campaigns that bombard our TV screens then we need to buy a toothpaste that whitens and protects our teeth, freshens our breath and helps keep our gums healthy too but do the cheaper supermarket own brands do the same job for a fraction of the price?

The main ingredient in toothpaste that we need is the fluoride. It is this that helps to protect our teeth from decay and most toothpastes have enough of this to provide that protection. The other constituent of toothpaste is an abrasive agent. It is important o have a low abrasive toothpaste otherwise the tooth enamel may be damaged especially by acidic foods and drinks so be careful of extreme whitening products.

Research has shown that effective brushing is a much more important factor when it comes to good oral hygiene than the brand of toothpaste that is used. Regular brushing with an electric toothbrush and the use of interdental brushes and floss using any toothpaste should keep your teeth and gums in good condition.

Choosing Invisalign Treatments in Leicester

Posted on 29 June, 2018  in Dental Products

Leicester is a good place to go if you want the latest Invisalign treatments. There are lots of options for you, as Leicester has many high-quality dentists who are very skilled and high tech in their approach. They will be able to offer you skilled, advanced treatments, like Invisalign Leicester. Orthodontic treatments are not always available privately – you will need to find a surgery that offers you the treatment you are looking for. If you are sure that you want Invisalign, find a dental surgery in Leicester that has a skilled orthodontist in-house who can help. (more…)

Straightening your Teeth Later in Life

Posted on 20 May, 2018  in Dental Products

Tooth straightening treatments are ideal for people wanting to achieve a better smile later in life. They can also be used for younger people, but usually, they will be standard metal braces. As an adult, you will usually be given the option of a transparent straightening treatment that is very difficult to see and that will gradually straighten up your teeth over time.

If you are interested in straighter teeth, visit a private dentist. You will usually need to see an orthodontist, who will advise on your treatment and design the specific device for your teeth. Be prepared to pay- braces are usually only available free of charge for young patients, so as an adult patient, it will all need to be private.

You will be able to remove your straightening device, giving you much more freedom than braces. Just make sure you wear it as often as you are told so that it works on your teeth.