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Are you still maintaining a high level of dental hygiene?

With the whole of the UK at a stand still again, many of us are finding ourselves back at home again. It may be that you have been furloughed or maybe you are still working but doing it from your home. During these times it is very easy to get complacent and not keep up our usual hygiene standards. It may be that you are just answering calls from your home in which case you may think that there is no point in getting dressed. Often brushing our teeth is something that we do when we go up to get dressed, so if we are not getting dressed for work you may forget to brush your teeth. Research also shows that we are consuming more sweet treats at the moment so this will only add to the need to brush your teeth properly.

It is important to try and keep some sort of schedule to your daily life as not only will this ensure you are more organised but it is also good for our metal health. Try and keep any dental appointments you may have and be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

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.

During the first lockdown in the UK Dentists had to shut other than for emergencies. This meant that lots of people got behind with their appointments. Although dentists have since been able to reopen, many of us are still not booking our check ups. If you are not very keen on going to the dentist anyway then you may find It even more daunting due to what is going on at the moment.

Dentists tend to wear masks and googles anyway so you will probably find that actually not a lot has changed once you get in to the chair. Some waiting areas are closed and they prefer you to wait outside until you are called in, but all in all the process need not be any worse than any other time.

If you are concerned about visiting the dentist, it may be worth giving them a call and discussing your worries with you. They should be able to talk you through what you need to do and what steps they have in place to protect you. It is important to not leave it too long between check ups as if an issues is not picked up quickly it may end up being a lot worse and causing pain. You may even have to lose a tooth, so don’t delay get that appointment booked back in.

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.

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.

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