How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?
Our adult teeth can last a lifetime – but only with the proper care, attention and treatment. In this post, our expert dentists, based in Farringdon, will share tips about how to look after your smile and when you should be booking in to see us.
1. The right equipment
It’s easy to care for your smile. All you need is the right equipment! Our Farringdon dentists recommend:
– Toothpaste – this should have a fluoride quantity of at least 1350ppm (check the label). You can use a sensitive or whitening toothpaste if you like – ask us for our recommendations.
– Toothbrush – choose something soft-bristled, as hard brushes could damage your enamel or affect your gums. Having said this, a strong-bristled brush could help lift ingrained stains, so always check with our dentists.
– Tape/floss – use this to clean between the teeth where your brush can’t reach, or use interdental brushes instead. This is all about personal preference, and what works best for you!
– Mouthwash – you can use this at different times in the day to freshen breath and swill away bacteria. Again, one containing fluoride is recommended by our top dentists.
2. A good routine
Even with the right tools, you’ll need a good routine in place:
– Brush and floss twice a day, morning and night.
– Ensure you spend around 2 minutes on your dental routine each time.
– Use mouthwash at a different time to brushing and flossing.
– For children, a timer, song or game can make it easier to spend the right time on oral care.
3. Regular check-ups
Our Farringdon dentists will usually ask to see you every 6 months, but for those who have braces, have recently had a treatment such as dental implants, are at risk of gum disease, or have an emergency, timings will be different. We also ask to see children every 6 months too.
Look out for warning signs that something’s amiss – this could be a good time to book in with our Farringdon dentists. These could include:
– Pain and sensitivity, especially when eating/biting/chewing
– A loose or wobbly adult tooth or dental implant
– Bleeding, sore or swollen gums; receding gums
– Signs of infection – such as a fever or abscess
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