Should you brush your teeth before or after breakfast?

As dentists, we always advise brushing your teeth twice a day, everyday. However, we have found lots of people contacting us about exactly when during the day to brush your teeth.  If you read the NHS guidance, they advise brushing last thing at night, just before bed. But what confuses many people, rather than stating the morning, they suggest brushing at another point during the day.  There is always lots of debate about before or after breakfast, neither is completely wrong or right. However, our preferred choice is before breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal in the day, however as...

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How do Plastic Toothbrushes Affect the Environment?

Have you ever wondered what happens when you throw away your old used plastic toothbrush? The impact of plastic toothbrushes is much bigger than you would expect. Most beach clean ups involve picking up between 20-100 toothbrushes.  Did you know?! Every year we throw away more than 4.5 billion plastic toothbrushes  50% of the total ecocosts for plastic toothbrushes are incurred during the manufacture and distribution phase  Toothbrushes made from polypropylene plastic are sourced using non renewable fossil fuels  Plastic toothbrushes find their way into waterways and oceans where marine creatures can mistake them for food  It was shocking to...

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Simple Tips for Parents to Improve your Child's Oral Health

Getting your children to adopt good oral hygiene habits can be a challenge, however it is important to establish good routines from a young age. The importance of diet cannot be emphasised enough. Be consistent with your kids and eventually good habits will start to become routine. Here are some top tips to help with getting your children to improve their oral health.  🌱 Be a good role model, children learn best from imitation🌱 Involve your children in choosing their own toothpaste and toothbrushes. Simple things such as a colour, can make a big difference🌱 Establish a good routine with a consistent time of the day...

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How to Reduce Stress Induced Bad Breath?

Dry mouth is completely normal during stressful situations. A reduction in saliva can cause food particles and bacteria to stick to your teeth and gums. This increases the likelihood of oral diseases and bad breath. Here are some top tips: Slow deep breaths through your nose Find peace and calmness using mindfulness, essential oils, talking to family and friends, listening to music Alcohol, coffees and teas are diuretics and cause dehydration, avoid these drinks before stressful events Small frequent sips of water can help lubricate your mouth and calm your nerves Sugar free gum can help stimulate saliva flow and...

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Should I Use a Fluoride or Fluoride-Free Toothpaste?

What is Fluoride?  Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in certain foods, lakes, rivers and oceans. In many regions around the world, it has been added to public water supplies. The population of these regions show considerably lower levels of dental decay in comparison to non-fluoridated areas. Despite the overwhelmingly strong evidence of fluoride being completely safe and effective against preventing decay, there is often a lot of unfounded false claims about fluoride spreading across social media. It is imperative to note non-fluoridated toothpastes claiming to be effective against dental decay should be avoided. How Does it Work? Fluoride...

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Why are my Gums Bleeding?

tongWhen plaque (a soft film of bacteria) is left on the teeth and gums, the gums become irritated and inflamed. The dental term for inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. Plaque is a soft and white film which should be regularly removed with your toothbrush and interdental aids on a daily basis.  However, if the soft white plaque is not removed, it will turn into a yellow harder substance, us dentists call calculus. This is more commonly known as tartar. Calculus can no longer be removed at home and will require professional removal. Any calculus build up is a...

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