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How many times a day do I need to brush?

In line with the department of health : delivering better oral health tool kit, we recommend to brush last thing at night before bed and at least one other time each day. We also advise patients to spit out after brushing and not to rinse to maintain fluoride concentration.

What toothpaste should I be using?

It is essential that you use fluoride toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride. It is not vital for you to use a certain branded toothpaste although evidence shows that toothpaste containing triclosan are more effective in improving plaque control and gingival health.

How many times a day should I use floss?

We recommend that you use floss or interdental brushes at least once a day to remove plaque and food from in between the teeth. It is essential that you do this daily as 40% of a tooth’s surface is in between and will never be able to be reached with a toothbrush alone. Plaque only stays soft for two days before it calcifies so it is important that it is removed.

Bleeding when brushing

If your gums bleed when brushing it is a sign of gum disease which is the inflammation of the gums also known as gingivitis. If this is left untreated it can turn into periodontal disease which destroys the structure that supports your teeth (bone) which can lead to tooth loss. To prevent this from happening we advise to brush 2x daily with fluoride toothpaste and to use floss/interdental brushes daily, if your gums bleed when brushing do not let this put you off. You must persist with brushing.

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