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Our hygienists answer some FAQs about looking after your teeth

April 16, 2015

Keeping your teeth clean and your risk of gum disease lowered is vital for your long-term health. In this blog, the hygienists at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham, Surrey, answer the following questions:

What is the best way to brush my teeth?

Brush for a minimum of 2 minutes at least twice a day. Tilt your brush at a 45° angle and use gentle, circular strokes, paying extra attention to where the tooth and gum join, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings or crowns.

What type of toothbrush should I use?
We generally recommend a medium-bristled toothbrush with a small head, allowing you to reach all the surfaces of your teeth including those at the back of your mouth; your hygienist will show you how to brush properly and may recommend interdental brushes and dental floss.

How important is the toothpaste I use?
It is important to ensure your toothpaste contains at least 1450ppm fluoride, as this helps protect teeth from cavities and makes teeth stronger.

Should I change my diet to help my teeth?
Sugary food and drink have been identified as a major cause of tooth decay, and should be reduced in your diet. Read the nutritional information on packaged food and drink, as some seemingly healthy products can contain high levels of sugar.

How often should I see a hygienist?
Your dentist and hygienist will recommend a schedule of hygiene treatment tailored to your individual needs.

For more information or to book a hygiene or new patient appointment, contact Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic on 01252 713797, email info@elmsleighhouse.co.uk or visit Contact us - Book an appointment on this website.

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