Category: Oral Health

How to make sure that your teeth have a happy Christmas

We are officially allowed to talk about Christmas now that we’re in December. 

Christmas and New Year celebrations can be a challenging time for our teeth. Between our busy schedules and the amount of tempting indulgent treats that are around, we definitely put our teeth through their paces in December. 

This Christmas, give your teeth some thought when you enjoy the festive season. We have put together our top tips for you to follow, to make sure your teeth don’t suffer. 

Good oral hygiene

If you want healthy, strong teeth, it is vital that you have excellent oral hygiene. This is just as important, if not more important, at Christmas time than the rest of the year. Our diets tend to be much more luxurious over Christmas, meaning your teeth will be coming into contact with lots of sugary, acidic and sticky foods – all things that your teeth dislike. To protect your teeth from any damage, you need to be brushing, flossing and rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash on a regular basis. At least, you should be brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice per day, flossing with dental tape or interdental brushes once per day, and rinsing each time you brush. 

Reduce grazing

At Christmas time, we tend to graze and snack throughout the day much more than we usually would. The types of foods we enjoy over the festive season are high in sugar, sticky and are high in acidity. Frequent snacking on these foods mean our teeth are in constant contact with acid and sugar. This can lead to your teeth being under attack, leading to tooth decay. 

Don’t use your teeth as tools

Your teeth may be strong, but they are only designed for eating with. Using them as tools is not a good idea, even if your party trick is opening a bottle with your teeth. This can put strain on your teeth, which often leads to chips, cracks, breaks or even losing a tooth altogether. This also includes tearing sellotape whilst wrapping, breaking off tags and cracking open nuts. Nutshells can not only break a tooth, but the small shards can get stuck between teeth, and even make their way under the gumline. 

Limit alcohol

If you drink alcohol, your intake may go up throughout December as you attend parties, gatherings, or just want to enjoy a glass or two in front of the TV. It is important to know the dangers of alcohol on your teeth. Some of the nation’s favourite festive tipples such as prosecco and mulled wine are very dangerous for your dental health. They are highly acidic, which leads to your enamel being attacked. If you do want to enjoy a glass or two, make sure to drink some water afterwards to help neutralise the acidity levels in the mouth. 

Book in your 2020 appointment

Having your next dental and hygienist appointment booked in already is a great way to start a new year. During an appointment with one of our dentists at Gwersyllt Dental Care, your teeth, gums and soft tissues will be carefully examined for any early signs of potential problems. Early detection will mean easier, quicker and cheaper dental treatment. 

Book in your next appointment with us today. Call us on 01978 757 409.

Could tongue piercings harm your teeth?

Tongue piercings may be in fashion, but do they have a negative effect on your dental health?

All piercings around the mouth, for example, lip and cheek piercings, can cause harm to your teeth, gums and soft tissues in the mouth. However, tongue piercings appear to be the worst. In this article, we will discuss the potential problems you can develop as a result of having your tongue pierced.

Gum Disease

A recent Swiss study has concluded that people with tongue piercings are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Researchers found more cases of bleeding, receding or inflamed gums within a group of 14 patients that all had tongue piercings. The lead researcher found that teeth were affected more if they were closer to the piercing itself.

Another Belgian study revealed that two young women with tongue piercings suffered repeated gum damage from the metal pressing against their gums. After a decade, the women had to have their piercings removed because of bleeding and infected gums. This resulted in repeated abscesses and even loose teeth.

Wear on the teeth

Not only do tongue piercings interfere with eating, swallowing and talking, but they can also cause irritation and damage to teeth. The constant contact and pressure the piercing has against the surface of the teeth will cause damage over time. This damage is especially prominent on the front lower teeth.

A piercing is made from metal, and when this metal is constantly hitting the surface of the tooth, it will cause small cracks. These cracks will eventually get larger which will cause the tooth to fail, leading to decayed or broken teeth and even extreme sensitivity.   

Mouth Infections

Mouth piercings also significantly increase a patient’s chance of developing an oral infection. The mouth can hold up to 500 different types of bacteria at one time – but they are not all bad!

The mouth can usually fight off any bad bacteria with its natural defence system, but when the barriers are broken, like when you have a piercing, a lot of the bacteria will see it as an opportunity to cause an infection.

Should you remove your tongue piercing?

If you care about your oral health, you should remove your tongue piercing as soon as possible. If you don’t want to remove the piercing, you must carry out a very strict and thorough oral hygiene routine. Pierced patients should also stop smoking or vaping.

If you have previously had a tongue piercing and would like to check that it’s not caused any permanent damage, our dentists can carry out a thorough examination and advise you on any treatment that may be needed.

To book an appointment with Gwersyllt Dental Care, please call us on 01978 757 409 or click here to be taken to our online appointment form.

Can sugar-free chewing gum prevent tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the most common dental problem among adults in the UK. By following a strict oral hygiene routine, you are protecting your teeth as much as possible from potential decay.

You may have heard many different theories about how to prevent tooth decay but a lot of them haven’t been proved. A recent study has looked into the ability of sugar-free chewing gum in preventing tooth decay.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by acid attacks that weaken the enamel on the teeth. Once enamel has been destroyed, it cannot repair itself. An acid attack occurs when you eat or drink something with high-sugar or high-carbohydrate. The high acidity of these foods start to react with the bacteria in the mouth and will begin eroding the teeth. When your teeth are under an acid attack regularly, decay will start to occur.

How does sugar-free chewing gum help?

A new study has shown that chewing sugar-free gum for twenty minutes after every meal can significantly reduce your chance of developing tooth decay. Chewing the gum will help to neutralise the acidity levels in the mouth. It also helps to remove food particles that have been left between teeth which also keeps your breath fresh throughout the day.

Chewing gum also increases the amount of saliva that is created in the mouth. Saliva is very beneficial to oral health including removing food debris, neutralising acids and removing bacteria. Saliva also contains calcium, fluoride and phosphates that all contribute to strengthening the enamel of the teeth.

Keep up a good oral hygiene routine

Chewing sugar-free gum is not a replacement for your current oral hygiene care. It is just an extra precautionary measure. It will not replace the benefits of brushing, flossing and rinsing. To keep your teeth as healthy as possible, you must brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, for two minutes each time. It is also important to clean in between your teeth with dental floss once per day. We would also recommend you to use mouthwash to rinse your mouth after brushing.

Visit the dentist regularly

The best way to ensure your teeth are kept healthy and strong is to visit the dentist regularly. They will be able to spot any signs of potential problems with your teeth and repair them before it becomes a bigger problem. Our dentists will also be able to offer you valuable advice on looking after your teeth.

If you would like to book an appointment with Gwersyllt Dental Care, or register as a new patient, please call us on 01978 757 409.

How to look after your teeth this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. This busy time of year can often put your teeth in danger.

We see many patients every year put their dental health at risk over the festive period. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and avoid having to book an emergency dental appointment.

Keep up your routine

The most important part of keeping your teeth healthy is to follow an excellent oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, due to the chaos that Christmas is associated with, a lot of patients neglect their oral hygiene.

An excellent oral hygiene routine consists of brushing your teeth thoroughly with either a manual or electric toothbrush, for two minutes. This should be done twice a day – once just before bed and at one other time during the day. It is important to give your tongue a quick brush as this also holds onto bacteria.

Brushing your teeth only cleans around 60% of the surfaces of the teeth. To make sure the rest is cleaned, you should be flossing at least once a day. This can be done at the same time as you brush your teeth, or at any other time during the day.

To really boost your oral hygiene, you can use alcohol-free mouthwash daily. Not only does this make your breath fresher, but it will also fight off bacteria. It is bacteria that leads to tooth decay.

Watch what you eat

Christmas is full of tempting foods that we wouldn’t usually treat ourselves to the rest of the year. Chocolates are a very popular festive treat but they are very high in sugar. If you just can’t resist, choose dark chocolate as this contains far less sugar.

The dried fruit found in mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding is actually bad for your teeth. They are surprisingly high in sugar and because of their stickiness, they surround your teeth for a prolonged amount of time.

Toffees are also a popular festive treat. Teeth cracking and chipping is a common occurrence when it comes to eating toffee. It can also destroy any existing dental work you may have including fillings and crowns.

Cut down on the sugary drinks

Most people enjoy more high-sugar drinks over Christmas than they would throughout the rest of the year. These include fizzy soft drinks, cordials and alcohol.

Prosecco is becoming a very popular tipple but are you aware of how bad it is for your dental health? The combination of its sugar content and high acidity means it can rot your teeth, as well as pull the gum away from your teeth.

It is important to be aware of how many sugary drinks you are taking in. Try to cut down as much as possible, and have a glass of water between drinks to neutralise the acidity in your mouth.

Don’t use your teeth as tools

It may be tempting to use your teeth to rip sellotape, open bottles or break off tags from clothes but this can lead to serious damage. Your teeth can chip, crack or badly break from doing these things, leading to difficult and expensive dental treatment. Don’t use your teeth as tools this Christmas.

Book a check-up appointment

We always recommend booking a dental health check-up either just before or just after Christmas. Our dentists will be able to check your teeth and gums for any potential problems before they develop into more serious problems. Detecting issues early will often mean easier, quicker and cheaper treatment.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of the experienced dentists at Gwersyllt Dental Care, call us on 01978 757 409.

How to prevent bad breath

Nobody wants bad breath but unfortunately, it is a very common dental problem that affects a lot of people. Bad breath can occur for a number of reasons including, bad oral hygiene, gum disease or other health conditions such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

If you suffer from bad breath, it is often the case that you won’t notice it yourself. However, you can look out for lots of small signs that may show you have bad breath. Do people step away from you when you speak? This can be a key indicator that you have bad breath.

What are the causes of bad breath?

The most common cause of persistent bad breath is bad oral hygiene. The bacteria from plaque releases odorous gasses. Food can also get stuck between the teeth and if not removed by brushing or flossing, can develop a strong smell. It is very important to have a good oral hygiene routine to keep your breath fresh as well as keeping your mouth healthy.

Medical Conditions

Bad breath can be caused by a variety of medical problems. If you suffer from dry mouth syndrome, you are more likely to experience bad breath. This is because as your mouth produces less saliva, bacteria in the mouth builds up faster.

Other medical conditions that can cause bad breath include infections in the throat, nose or lungs, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes and liver or kidney problems. If your oral hygiene is at a good level, your dentist may refer you to your GP for further tests to find the underlying issue.

Smoking

Smoking is a well-known cause of bad breath, with a distinctive odour. To stop this, you will need to quit smoking. Smoking and tobacco can cause other problems in the mouth such as; teeth staining, loss of taste, gum irritation and increased chance of developing mouth cancer.

How can bad breath be prevented?

The best way to keep your fresh smelling fresh is to keep it clean and free of plaque. Here are some steps you can follow to make sure your bad breath is a thing of the past.

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes the last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper
  • Cut down on the amount of sugary food and drinks you consume
  • Attend regular dentist and hygienist appointments
  • Clean in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes
  • Use an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash every day
  • Chew sugar-free gum after meals and snacks

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, our highly qualified dentists and hygienists are here to give you the best advice on how to take care of your oral hygiene, including improving your bad breath. For more information, or to book an appointment, call us on 01978 757409.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK. Gum disease affects the majority of people at some point in their lifetime. There are two types of gum disease; gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Meaning ‘inflammation of the gums’, gingivitis makes the gums very sore and swollen. A key sign that you are suffering from gum disease is bleeding gums when you are brushing your teeth. Luckily, if gingivitis is caught early enough, the effects can be treated and often completely reversed.

When gingivitis is left undetected and untreated, over time it can develop into periodontal disease. This disease starts to attack the tissues and bone that support the teeth, which leads to tooth loss. Periodontal disease cannot be reversed. However, the effects can be slowed down with a vigorous cleaning routine and regular dental and hygienist appointments.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is often caused by poor oral hygiene. Plaque turns into tartar when not removed effectively. Tartar is a hard substance which can only be removed by professional cleaning. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can irritate your gums, making them inflamed and sore.

Other factors can contribute to the onset of gum disease, including hormonal changes, illnesses and some medications. If you have history of gum disease in the family, it can increase your chances of developing the disease. Bad habits such as smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can also increase your chances of suffering with gum disease.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The main symptoms of gum disease are swelling, soreness or infection of the gum tissues. The first symptom that you may experience is bleeding gums when you brush your teeth.

Gum disease doesn’t always cause pain, and can be left undetected for many years. This is why it is so important to visit your dentist for a check-up every six months. This will enable them to look out for any early warning signs and changes within your mouth, detecting gum disease and other problems early. As we discussed earlier, early detection means the effects are often reversible.

The symptoms of advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, can include bad breath, unpleasant tastes in your mouth, gum abscesses and loose teeth.

How is gum disease treated?

When you are diagnosed with gum disease, the first step your dentist will take is to perform a thorough professional clean. This treatment is called a Scale and Polish. Some patients will require a further treatment called Root Planing. This is where the roots of the teeth are cleaning to remove any bacteria from under the gum line.  

Once the plaque and tartar has been removed, your dentist will advise you on the best oral hygiene routine that you can adopt. Sometimes, this can be enough to reverse the effects of gingivitis completely. However, most cases will need regular appointments with a dentist or hygienist to make sure the teeth are kept clean and free of bacteria causing plaque.

Unfortunately, if your gum disease is detected after it has developed into periodontal disease, it is extremely hard to reverse the effects completely. However, with a thorough oral hygiene routine, the effects of periodontal disease can be slowed down.

If you have noticed your gums bleeding or becoming swollen, it is important to book a dental check-up with a dentist. Call Gwersyllt Dental Care on 01978 757 409 to book an appointment with one of our highly trained dentists.

How to prevent the buildup of plaque

Plaque is the sticky film that forms on the surfaces of the teeth when bacteria builds up from consuming sugar or carbohydrates. Bacteria thrives on these types of foods, which increases the production of plaque.

Everyone develops plaque in their mouth during the day but for most people, it’s not noticeable. However, you will be able to feel it’s roughness when you run your tongue over the surface of your teeth and it will become noticeable if you leave it to build up.

If left on your teeth, plaque will turn into tartar which will lead to decay and gum disease. Here’s five tips to help you prevent plaque from building up on your teeth:

Brush twice a day

The main way that you can prevent plaque from building up on and around your teeth is to make sure you are brushing often enough, and in the correct way.

You should be brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes. It is very important that you brush just before you go to bed, and at one other time during the day – we recommend in the morning. You should wait an hour after eating to brush your teeth to prevent any enamel from being brushed away.

We suggest using a soft-bristled toothbrush, as hard bristles can be too rough on your gums. Make sure you replace your toothbrush, or toothbrush head, at least every three months as it won’t work as well once the bristles become worn. You may also find an electric toothbrush more effective at cleaning your teeth than a manual toothbrush.

Floss between your teeth

When you brush your teeth, you are leaving up to 40% of your teeth’s surfaces unclean. It is important that you clean between your teeth to remove any plaque from those areas. Flossing is an easy and effective way of removing debris from between your teeth but you can also us other tools such as interdental brushes.

There is no right or wrong time to floss, you can do it before or after you brush, or even at a completely separate time in the day. As long as you’re flossing once a day, you will be preventing plaque from building up between your teeth.

Swishing mouthwash

Using mouthwash can also contribute to keeping plaque from building up. Swishing mouthwash around your mouth can help to loosen plaque from around the teeth, making it easier to remove.

Some mouthwashes can dry out your mouth, which isn’t good for plaque prevention or keeping your mouth in an overall healthy condition. Speak to your dentist about what mouthwash they would recommend you to use.

Cut back on sugar and starch 

After you eat, there is still sugar particles left in your mouth which bacteria thrive on. The more sugary foods and drinks you consume, the more bacteria and plaque you will need to remove when you brush.

The worst foods that contribute to plaque build-up are:

  • Starchy food like potato crisps and bread
  • Sweets and chocolate
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Alcohol

Try to limit your intake of these types of food and drink. When you do enjoy them, make sure you drink water afterwards to wash away any harmful bacteria. You can also chew sugar-free gum after meal times and snacks.

Visit your hygienist

No matter how good your oral health routine is, you won’t be able to clean your teeth as well as the professionals. It’s important that you book an appointment with the hygienist at least every six months. They will be able to give all areas of your mouth a thorough clean, removing any plaque or tartar that has built up.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our hygienists or dentists, or would like more information on keeping your teeth free from plaque, call Gwersyllt Dental Care on 01978 757 409.

Supporting the Fight against Mouth Cancer

Throughout this November, dentists, doctors and healthcare professionals throughout the UK have been joining forces with the Oral Health Foundation to support the annual Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign. The annual charity campaign has a simple but important purpose. To promote awareness of mouth cancer and help to make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.

Despite being one of the fastest growing cancers and causing an increasing number of deaths, until recently mouth cancer has not received a great deal of attention. We look at what it is, who it affects and what you can do to help reduce your risk all year round.

What is Mouth Cancer Action Month?

The idea was first conceived in 1998 by a group comprising of the UK’s leading dental and health professionals. However, it only got its current name when it was adopted by the Oral Health Foundation in 2003. At the same time, the Blue Ribbon Appeal was launched. This aims to act as a conversation starter between a patient and their health professional. Today there are more than half a million Blue Ribbon Badges in circulation. This year has also seen the introduction of another great initiative to raise even more awareness – #bluelipselfie.

Mouth cancer – what exactly is it?

Mouth cancer is an increasingly common form of cancer which is also known as oral cancer. With this form of the disease, a tumour develops in the lining of the mouth. This can be on the surface of the tongue, the insides of the cheeks, the roof of the mouth (palate), or the lips or gums.

Less commonly, tumours can develop in the glands that produce saliva, the tonsils at the back of the mouth, and the part of the throat connecting your mouth to your windpipe (pharynx). Caught early, the majority of cases can be treated successfully. Unfortunately, a large number of cases are diagnosed too late.

I don’t smoke – should I worry?

Despite key milestones in the fight against mouth cancer such as the direct marketing ban on tobacco that was introduced in May 2003 and the smoking ban which became law in September 2007, the number of people suffering from the disease has increased by over 30% over the last decade and this trend is set to continue into the coming years.

In the last twelve months alone, over 7,000 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer. Over the last decade, around 2,000 people in the UK have gone on to lose their lives to mouth cancer every year. This is more than the number of deaths due to cervical and testicular cancer combined.

It is clear that despite a momentous fall in the number of smokers in the UK, mouth cancer remains a significant threat to the health, affecting everybody.

How can I help to prevent mouth cancer?

The role of smoking as a main cause of cancer has been well publicised over recent decades. There are, however, many other lifestyle factors that are also believed to be contributing to the constant increase in mouth cancer. After tobacco, alcohol is a leading cause, associated with around a third of all cases. The worst statistics appear when smoking and drinking to excess, which research shows leads to an increase in risk of up to 30 times.

Experts have also noted a considerable increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) mouth cancers which has led to predictions that it will one day overtake smoking tobacco as the number one cause of the disease. HPV is a common disease amongst the sexually active and is most often transmitted through oral sex. Whilst in most cases it is perfectly harmless and goes away without requiring any form of treatment, in up to 10% of cases it can lead to abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells in some parts of the body, which can cause cancer.

As with most health issues, diet also plays an important role in the fight against mouth cancer, with poor diet considered to be a factor in up to half of all cases. The good news is that a simple change to a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can significantly reduce your risk.

What are the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer?

Early action can help to significantly boost your chances of successful treatment for mouth cancer. This requires you to be aware of symptoms you need to look out for. These include:

  • Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks.
  • Red and white patches in the mouth.
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.

If any of these are noticed, don’t ignore them –  tell your dentist or doctor immediately.

As part of your routine checkup, your dentist will check your head and neck, cheeks, lips, roof of your mouth, floor of the mouth and tongue for any early signs of mouth cancer.

Alongside a healthy and balanced lifestyle, visiting your dentist regularly throughout the year is one of the best ways to ensure that any signs of mouth cancer are caught as early as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to arrange an appointment with your dentist now here at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, call us on 01978 757409 or contact us online and a member of the team will be happy to help.

References:

http://www.mouthcancer.org/

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer-of-the-mouth/pages/introduction.aspx

 

5 Reasons Only a Dentist Should be Whitening Your Teeth

Teeth whitening has seen a tremendous growth in popularity over recent years and is now one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in the UK. Surveys indicate that up to a third of adults have an interest in getting their teeth whitened. The surge in interest has been partly attributed to celebrities and in particular the popularity of the reality TV show. Increased accessibility has, however, also been a key factor, with more dental clinics than ever before offering teeth whitening as part of their package. Unfortunately, the huge growth in this area of cosmetics has also led to a sharp increase in non-qualified individuals offering low-cost, illegal treatments. So why exactly is it so important to get your teeth whitened at a dentist? Here are 5 top reasons.

1. Dentists Do Things Safely
Dental professionals train for many years to understand the structures of the mouth, to recognise dental disease and to prescribe the correct treatment for each individual patient. As members of the medical profession, they are able to perform a medical examination of the mouth along with a obtaining a general overview of your medical condition before recommending or embarking on any course of treatment – teeth whitening included.
Qualified dentists have a strong understanding of the process including the science behind it, meaning they can minimise any risks. Used incorrectly, the chemicals used in the teeth whitening process can cause permanent and potentially painful damage to the teeth and gums. The chemicals could also penetrate the teeth leaving permanent damage to the surface. Using an unqualified provider of teeth whitening may seem like a low cost solution at first glance, but the long term risks and the costs associated for both your health and your bank account are definitely not worth the risk.

2. It is Illegal for Non-Dentists to Sell Teeth Whitening
Such are the risks of teeth whitening being offered by those without full dental training that the government has made it illegal for anybody other than a dentist or hygienist registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) to perform the treatment themselves or offer kits for self administration on their premises. The GDC considers teeth whitening to be a dental procedure and not just a beauty procedure, therefore establishments such as beauty clinics are not qualified to offer it. New regulations mean that those who break the law and offer illegal whitening can face unlimited fines. Would you want to trust your smile to a criminal?

3. Dentists Follow Strict Hygiene Rules
Just as with other members of the medical profession, dentists are required to follow strict hygiene rules at all times. Adhering to such rules protects patients from exposure to non-sterile equipment, as well as minimising the risk of exposure to person-to-person transmission of infections. Non-GDC registered, illegal providers of tooth whitening, such as beauticians, beauty salons, pop-up booths, mobile operators do not have to adhere to these regulations and therefore pose a significant risk to your health.

4. Dentists Use Tested Chemicals
When you have your teeth whitened by a registered dentist, you are not only paying for an experienced and accountable professional to administer your treatment safely, you are also paying for the practitioner to use approved chemicals that have been thoroughly tested to medical standards. One of the key ingredients in many teeth whitening procedures is hydrogen peroxide, exposure to which can be extremely harmful in the wrong proportion. By choosing a reliable dental clinic, you can be assured that safe levels of chemicals are being used. You can also be sure that there are no hidden chemicals that may pose other risks to your health. untested products that you may be using will not be effective and at worst, they could cause permanent damage.

5. Dentists Are Accountable
The chances are you’ve been visiting the same dentist for years, unless of course you’ve recently relocated. Why? Probably because you know your dentist is a qualified professional and you fully trust them. In most cases, you can also reasonably expect the same dentist to look after you time and time again. By choosing a respectable and legal dental clinic to have your teeth whitened you can be sure the procedure is carried out by somebody who is fully accountable – and isn’t going to vanish in the wind. Even if the dentist does happen to move practice, the General Register of Dentists will allow you to trace him or her if you so wished, meaning that you have complete peace of mind.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we offer a high quality teeth whitening treatment that will leave you with exceptional, lasting results. For a sparkling white smile, get in touch with us now on 01978 757 409 or contact us online and we will be more than happy to assist.

Four Minutes to Healthier Teeth

When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, regular visits to the dentist are only part of the equation – the real key to healthy teeth and gums is good brushing on a daily basis. Like most people, you probably faithfully brush your teeth twice a day – but are you brushing as effectively as you can? Here’s how to make sure that your teeth get the care and attention they need in just four minutes a day.

The 2 Minute Rule

By brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, you can substantially improve your oral hygiene. Any less than this is significantly less effective and can leave you at an increased risk of problems as it can allow plaque to build up. Plaque forms a film of bacteria over your teeth which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Brushing your teeth before bed is an absolute must; this not only ensures that any food remains are removed, but more importantly will help to reduce acidity in the mouth caused by foods and drinks consumed during the day.

Cover All Angles

It doesn’t matter if you use an electric or manual toothbrush – the key is to make sure you brush from every angle to ensure all surfaces are effectively cleaned. The two minutes prescribed in the previous section has been found to allow sufficient time to ensure that no area is left untouched. It is important to make sure that you get your brush in and around your back teeth and don’t focus only on your smile.

String It Out

Have trouble getting into the gaps between your teeth? Use dental floss to tackle the trouble spots that a standard toothbrush just doesn’t seem to reach. You may also find that interdental brushes can be helpful. It is important to remember that everybody’s teeth are different – that’s why we recommend seeking professional advice from your dentist about how best to protect your teeth and gums. If you are struggling with brushing effectively, don’t be afraid to ask.

Brush Now, Rinse Later

Did you know that you shouldn’t rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash directly after brushing? It seems completely logical to do so, but actually it can seriously reduce the protective benefits of your chosen toothpaste as it can wash away a significant amount to the fluoride protection.

For best results, it is recommended to rinse at a different time of day, for example after mealtimes.

From Invisible braces through to family dentistry and prevention treatment, the high-quality service we offer at Gwersyllt Dental Practice in Wrexham is all about giving you a brighter, whiter smile. We pride ourselves in being friendly family dental experts who are always happy to give you advice on every aspect of dentistry, whether it’s corrective or cosmetic. To get in touch, call us on Wrexham 01978 757409 or click here to request a call back. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online using our special form and we’ll contact you to confirm a suitable date and time.