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Which Oral Health Products Should I Choose?

Which Oral Health Products are best for Me?

Following on from your previous article on keeping your mouth & teeth in tip top condition there are more factors that will influence your future dental health such as which dental health products are best for you.

Which Toothpaste Should I use?

There are several different toothpastes on the market so which one do you choose?

Most dentists would advise you to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. This is because the surface enamel on our teeth is constantly being attacked by acid from bacteria and some ingredients in food and drinks. Fluoride from toothpaste bonds to the enamel and makes it more resistant to acid attack.

  • A toothpaste should be non-abrasive.
  • If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you may need a toothpaste that specifically helps this by blocking the sensitive root dentine.
  • There are also toothpastes that contain ingredients that are designed to
    help fight bacteria that cause gum disease, but it is important to
    understand that the key to success is effective mechanical cleaning.
  • Some people are sensitive to an ingredient found in some toothpaste
    that can cause mouth ulcers. This is called sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). If you suffer from frequent mouth ulcers, it is worth trying a toothpaste that is SLS free.

Finally – Spit don’t rinse!

  • If you rinse after brushing, you will dilute the toothpaste and reduce its benefits. If you prefer to use a mouthwash after brushing this may contain a lower concentration of fluoride than the toothpaste so it is worth spreading a small amount of extra toothpaste around the teeth after rinsing.

What about using a mouthwash?

A mouthwash is not usually essential for everyday use but can be useful after some procedures such as surgery or gum treatments when your mouth may be a little sore and you have been advised not to brush immediately afterwards.

Should I use a Tongue Scraper?

Your tongue can harbour bacteria in between taste-buds so it is a good idea to clean the tongue with the tongue scraper after every tooth brushing session.

Should I use a tongue scraper advice from Salisbury Dentist

How Often Do You Need A Dental Checkup?

This depends on your risk for oral diseases. Patients who have a high risk for gum disease for example may need to come in more often, but your dentist will advise you on when you should have your routine check-up as this is different for every individual.

We recommend a minimum of at least one dental check-up a year.

How can I help myself look after my oral health?

  • Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or brush every time you clean.
  • Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed. If you’re noticing bleeding gums seek advice from a dentist as you could be suffering from gum disease.
  • Make sure you have a regular dental check-up. Your dentist will do a thorough check of your teeth and gums and an oral cancer check at every check-up. Some oral diseases can be associated with potentially serious systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Early detection of oral disease also means less of your hard earned money being spent on remedial dental treaments.

If you wish to make an appointment or talk to our team about your oral health or oral health products available please call 01722 346501, for a chat or to book your next dental check-up at Salisbury dentists Twenty Twenty Dental.

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