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Frequently Asked Questions

Posted 5th July, 2015

Q: Regardless of advice, should I be visiting my dentist every six months.

A: No. You should always take the advice of your dentist about when you should next visit for a dental examination. The recall period can vary anywhere from three months to up to two years, so stipulating a six-month recall for yourself is unnecessary if advised otherwise by your dentist.

Q: If my teeth are whiter, does that mean that they are healthier?

A: Whiteness of teeth is not necessarily an indicator of how healthy your teeth are, or the condition of your overall oral health. In fact, the key to maintaining white teeth can be done simply by avoiding certain foods and drinks which can stain the teeth, in combination with regular brushing and flossing.

Q: Regardless of advice, should I be visiting my dentist every six months.

A: No. You should always take the advice of your dentist about when you should next visit for a dental examination. The recall period can vary anywhere from three months to up to two years, so stipulating a six-month recall for yourself is unnecessary if advised otherwise by your dentist.

Q: How do I know which toothpaste to choose for my children?

A: This is a good question, as there are many toothpastes available which do not contain enough fluoride to prevent tooth decay in young people. The guideline on fluoride toothpastes is to choose one that consists of a minimum fluoride consistency of 1000 parts per million.

Q: The fluoride present in the water supply in UK is enough to keep my teeth healthy. Do I still need to brush my teeth as regularly?

A: While fluoride can be found in the water supply in certain areas of the country (check with your supplier for information on whether fluoride is present in your water), it has been proved to be as little as around 10%. Even if fluoride is present in your water supply, you absolutely should continue with the brushing and flossing regime recommended by dentists.

Q: Should my teeth be OK if I avoid sugary products such as sweets and fizzy drinks?

A: To an extent, yes. There are, however, many more foods and drinks that contain a volume of sugar that is potentially harmful to your teeth. The natural sugars found in fruit, fruit juice, and honey are just as likely to pose problems for your teeth, and it is just as advisable therefore to also limit these foods to occasional mealtimes.

Q: I chew gum regularly, but I still have bad breath. Why?

A: Halitosis (bad breath) is often a result of poor oral health and hygiene. You can combat halitosis by maintaining the recommended brushing and flossing regime as approved by your dentist, watching your diet closely, and exercising regularly.

Q: Why should we brush our children’s milk teeth?

A: In order to promote a sense that oral hygiene is important, regular brushing of your children’s milk teeth is believed to instil good habits in your children as they grow up. Making sure that brushing teeth becomes an integral part of the washing routine will produce long-term benefits for your child’s future oral health.

Q: Does everybody end up with false teeth when they grow old?

A: This is a myth drawn from over half a century ago when a large number of the population of older people on the UK had false teeth. Nowadays, a very low percentage of people grow to need false teeth as they get older, so much so that almost 90% of the population should not require them.

Q: Is an electric toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

A: In truth, there is very little difference in terms of end result whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush. Some people may prefer the comfort and luxury of an electric toothbrush, but it would not be accurate to suggest that they produce better results than a manual brush would.

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