Everything you ever wanted to know about teeth – Part 2

In this two part series we’ll be giving you advice on mouthwash, flossing and whether chewing gum is good for your teeth. Follow our tips for best practical advice on how to look after your pearly whites!

Should you be using mouthwash?

Most of us understand the importance of daily brushing and flossing, however not all of us can see the benefits of using mouthwash. There are 2 main types of mouthwash; a fluoride based wash which applies fluoride to your teeth, and an anti-bacterial based mouthwash which kill off any bacteria that causes dental issues.

If you’re trying to decide which type of mouthwash is best for you, there are a few guidelines you should follow for the best results. For those with a high risk of dental decay you should be using a fluoride based mouthwash, or if you experience bleeding during brushing or have a suffered with bad breath, you should be using antibacterial based mouthwash.

We would always recommend taking advice from a dental hygienist who can advise which mouthwash is most appropriate for you. Despite the urge to buy the cheapest mouthwash on offer, you might find yourself using something that is ineffective for your needs.

Should I floss every day?

You may have seen the recent news from Public Health England which said there is no strong evidence that suggests flossing makes any difference to oral hygiene compared to brushing with toothpaste. However, many dentists disagree, pointing out that lack of scientific evidence does not mean flossing doesn’t help.

Flossing can help to prevent gum disease by removing food and the build-up of plaque from the teeth. When plaque builds up, the harmful bacteria can irritate your gums and cause inflammation. Flossing daily can help clean those hard-to-reach areas, which can only normally be reached by a deep clean from your dentist.

However, if used incorrectly it can damage your gums so you should ensure you follow advice on the best practices on using dental floss.

Is chewing gum good for my teeth?

Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum can help protect your teeth and gums between meals when your teeth are more at risk of acid attack as it helps your mouth to produce more saliva – a natural defence against acid. If you chew gum for up to 20 minutes after eating this will increase flow of saliva speeding up the time it takes to cancel out the acid. So as long at the gum is sugar-free, chewing is considered to be a good thing for teeth.

We hope you have found our dental tips and tricks useful. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of the series for some other valuable teeth facts.





About the author

Barry Tibbott

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Brunswick Court Dental Practice was established in 1986 as a private practice where Barry is the clinical director.

Involved in implants for many years, Barry has completed a Masters Degree in Implantology at Warwick University where he gained a distinction. He is currently a clinical lecturer to postgraduate MSc students at Warwick University, in addition to mentoring local dentists in this field.

Barry is a member and Implant Mentor for The Association of Dental Implantology and a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine. He is also a Consultant Member of the British Society of Oral Implantology. You can find him on

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