Preventing Dental Problems

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We aim to offer personalised relevant advice to you tailored to your specific situation as ongoing support.  Our ethos is to provide a preventative service backed up by minimally invasive dental treatments – the service we provide for our own family and friends.

We encourage you to talk to our dental team if you have any questions relating to your dental care and oral health.  We are always happy to support in this way; our range of up to date information leaflets and the following online resources help you to make maximum use of the advice given in surgery thereby minimising preventable dental diseases in your family.

How do I keep my teeth and gums healthy?

The following routine will help to get your mouth clean and healthy, and keep it that way, preventing most dental problems:

  • brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
  • spit out after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer
  • clean between the teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss at least once a day
  • good eating habits – have sugary foods and drinks less often, keep well hydrated with water
  • don’t smoke, vape or use
  • visit your dentist regularly for a check of teeth, gums, and soft tissues for mouth cancer

Click here for further advice on caring for your mouth from the Oral Health Foundation

Click here for tips to encourage your family to brush with Simply Health’s annual Big Family Brush-Up and Hey Duggee’s Toothbrushing Song and Colgate’s Two Minute Tales for younger children and Brush DJ for older children and teenagers

Click here for DoH advice including diet swaps on their change4life website

Click here for advice on a healthy diet for oral health from the Oral Health Foundation

Click here for further information on gum disease from the Oral Health Foundation  and click here to see how our team can support you with gum problems

Click here for information on the effects of smoking and oral health from the Oral Health Foundation

Resources to help you quit smoking

Click here for information and advice regarding mouth cancer from the Mouth Cancer Foundation

Taking your baby to the dentist when their teeth first come through or by the age of one at the latest gets them off to a healthy start and accustomed to dental practice visits from an early age. Click here for national guidance on Dental Check by One  and click here to see details of our play session for our youngest patients

For further advice on your children’s teeth click to read the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s A Practical Guide to Children’s Teeth

Click here for a resource on how to encourage your child to stop their sucking habit