Category: Dental Products

Should children be using an adult toothbrush and toothpaste?

Posted on 17 June, 2021  in Dental Products

Some people do not like the idea of having to buy different toothpaste for their child so will let them use the adult one, but this is not recommended as adult tooth aste contains higher levels of fluoride which can be dangerous is swallowed. As children are more likely to swallow toothpaste a lower fluoride one is best. Some children will be told to use a higher fluoride toothpaste if they are at risk of cavities but this should always be discussed with your dentist. Often children do not like the strong minty taste that many adult toothpastes have, whereas children’s toothpaste often comes in fruity or mild flavours and foam up a lot less. This will make brushing teeth a more pleasant experience.  

Up until the age of six, you should still be helping your child brush their teeth as they may be able to have a go but will probably not be able to reach all the teeth they need to and brush them properly. You can take it in turns with them letting them have a go and then you have a go. This will allow them to learn what they need to do. Sometimes getting a timer is a good idea as they may not be able to realise when they have been brushing for two minutes.

What is composite bonding and how much does it cost?

Posted on 19 May, 2021  in Dental Products

Composite bonding is a process that dentists do which involves covering the tooth or teeth in a composite resin. This resin can be used to fill gaps, fixing discolouration or to fix a chip in a tooth. It is an easy process which can often be done in less than an hour and requires no anaesthetic. This treatment is not available on the NHS and so has to be done privately. It can cost anything from £80- £300 per tooth so is not cheap but can work out less than porcelain veneers or crowns. Often dentists will do offers where they will charge less if you have more teeth done at the same time. The colour of the resin can be matched to your teeth to ensure that the ones that are covered do not stand out.

The composite is hardened using a UV light which means the tooth can be bitten down on as soon as you leave the dentist’s chair. Unlike with veneers, composite bonding does not require any permanent strict changes to the teeth so they do not need to be filed or drilled.

If you look after your teeth properly, composite bonding can last between 5-7 years.

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.