Everything you ever wanted to know about teeth – Part 1
From tips on flossing to advice on whether you should chew gum, there are lots of questions we know you’d love to ask the dentist.
In this two-part series, we’re here to break down those barriers and resolve your burning questions, giving you the answers you need to maintain a good level of oral hygiene.
When should I brush my teeth?
There is plenty of conflicting advice on the best time to clean your teeth. Certain foods contain bacteria that that can attack your tooth enamel for at least 20 minutes after you eat a meal, so there is a suggestion you should brush right after you eat to get rid of bacteria before they attack the tooth enamel. However, it is also proposed that you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after eating, as brushing your teeth after eating can actually harm your tooth enamel - especially if you’ve consumed anything acidic such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons.
Our advice would be to brush your teeth before eating acidic food, and drink a glass of water to wash away the acids. This way you are protecting your teeth when they are most vulnerable without damaging that all important tooth enamel.
Do I need to buy the most expensive toothpaste?
There are plenty of toothpastes on the market that promise to whiten, strengthen or even protect your teeth from sensitivity. With a huge range available, it can sometimes be difficult to justify spending a huge amount on the “must have” products.
Toothpastes that advertise whitening can often contain abrasives or other additives that will work to remove surface stains from the enamel layer of a tooth. Excessive use of this can cause sensitivity as they wear down the enamel. Sensitive toothpastes contain potassium nitrate and will work to calm the nerve of the tooth, and “anti-cavity” or fluoride toothpaste can contain levels of fluoride in their paste that is higher than normal toothpastes. Everyone’s dental needs are different, so make sure you seek the advice of a dentist before using to establish whether this is the right protection for you.
As long as you have a good level of all round oral health, you can use any regular high street toothpaste without the need of expensive products unless prescribed by your dentist.
We hope this blog has provided you with some good practical advice on the best way of taking care of your teeth. Look out for Part 2 of everything you ever wanted to know about teeth for more handy tips and tricks, and if you would like any further help why not contact us today.