Top 5 Dental Hygiene Tips

We all know that it’s important to brush regularly and to visit the dentist every 6-12 months in order to maintain good oral health. However, it’s not just about brushing and dental visits, it’s crucial to keep good oral hygiene and in fact you can have good teeth but poor oral health which in turn can affect your teeth. So how do we keep our oral health in check, as well as our teeth?   Flossing/Interdental Brushing Flossing is sometimes avoided by patients because it can be laborious and slow but also painful for those with sore gums. However, interdental brushes are a good alternative with a slightly softer approach.…

The Aligner Revolution

Why Are More Adults Getting Braces?   It is now a lot more common than it used to be, to see adults wearing braces, whether it’s older teenagers or full grown adults. More and more adults are using aligners to resolve minor issues such as misalignment and over-bite. Many people choose braces for the aesthetic benefits they give after treatment but it’s actually beneficial for overall dental health and a patients oral hygiene to have straightened teeth rather than crooked teeth, which can cause more bacteria build-up. Knowledge is a major factor in how many adults are now choosing to wear braces and aligners. Over the years we have become…

Sugar Rush: Are These Drinks Bad For Your Teeth?

We all know that food and drink are major contributors to tooth decay but drinks are especially problematic as they are more likely to “coat” all of your teeth, front and back, in comparison to food. The fact is that everyone needs to drink on a daily basis but there are so many choices now on the market, many of which contain large amounts of sugar that it’s more crucial than ever that people know what’s in their drinks.   The Worst Offenders Fruit juices and smoothies are actually recommended from a health standpoint, however, it’s important to remember that as with most things, moderation is key and of course…

Electric Toothbrushes – Are They Better?

Brushing Revolution It’s been quite a few years now that dentists and specialists have been promoting the benefits of using an electric toothbrush. There was a time where scepticism was the order of the day regarding electric toothbrushes and that people found it difficult to make the switch from traditional brushing and adopt the system of pre-programmed, electronic guided brushing. As technology moved forward, there was a push by the dental associations and hygienists to encourage patients to start using electric toothbrushes because of their effectiveness when compared to traditional brushes. Indeed, it’s become integral to many brushing routines across the UK.   Traditional vs Electronic The benefits of electronic…

Dental Care For The Elderly

We all know that the care system has had a poor reputation in the UK for many years and although the majority of these issues stem from lack of funding and support, in some cases it’s about lack of knowledge. In general there are procedures to follow and regulations to adhere to but with the elderly, alongside many possible health issues, there is one element which is often neglected; dental care. So are elderly people at risk of poor dental health? Unfortunately, it looks like that may be the case, following a CQC report (Care Quality Commission) which revealed that they found half of all care home staff have not…