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Do I Need To See a Hygienist During Orthodontic Treatment?

dental hygiene

Good oral hygiene is paramount before, during and after orthodontic treatment. A good dentist or orthodontist will not carry out braces treatment if the patient has poor oral hygiene and/or gum disease.

It is normally recommended that a patient sees a hygienist every 3-6 months whilst they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. This is to ensure that the teeth, gums and orthodontic appliance are being cleaned well.

What is a good oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment?

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes three times per day ideally with an electric tooth brush. We normally recommend a Phillips sonicare tooth brush or an Oral B 5000 – these are both shown below.

Philips Sonicare Brush

Oral B 5000 Brush

Use tepe interdental brushes to clean those difficult places to reach between the teeth.

Interdental Brushes

Use a disclosing solution/tablet prior to brushing to show up where the plaque is sitting.

Disclosing solution and tablets

Use a fluoride based mouth wash.

Fluoride Mouth Wash

Consider the use of a Phillips air floss.

Phillips Sonicare Brush

Consider the use of a water pik device.

Water Pik Flossing

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All the above are very useful in maintaining a healthy oral hygiene. It is still recommended to see your hygienist a couple of times a year so they can ensure you are orally healthy. To book your hygiene appointment please do not hesitate to call us today.


How To Treat Really Badly Decayed Teeth

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What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth Decay is when a tooth has started to break down which causes cavities that can be quite painful if a nerve is left exposed.

As tooth decay progresses, it can lead to the death of the tooth, which will either require an extraction, root canal, or the tooth can even fall out by itself (will vary from case to case).

How is Tooth Decay Caused?

Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria already, that combined together with any leftover food particles and saliva, starts to build up a substance known as plaque on the surfaces of your teeth.

Whenever a person consumes a drink or eats food that is high in sugar or starch (carbohydrates), the bacteria found in plaque will use the energy from the carbohydrates and will produce acid that will break down the surfaces of your teeth.

Overtime, if this is left it can expose the nerves of the tooth which will cause toothache for the person.

Before and after - Smile Make Over

What Are The Symptoms Of Tooth Decay?

One of the most common symptoms you could have is tooth ache but it may not always be down to tooth decay. If you are suffering from tooth ache we recommend that you come in for an emergency appointment so we can examine what is causing the pain and what treatment would be best for you.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Discolourations spots on the surfaces of your teeth
  • Sensitivity/pain during drinking or eating
  • Regular bad breath
  • Unusual bad taste in your mouth
  • Your fillings may become loose

Please Note: There may be no tooth decay symptoms until you have a cavity, and regular dental health checks are recommended to ensure any potential problems are caught early on.

Before and after - Multiple Dental Implants

How To Treat Tooth Decay?

Treating tooth decay is a process of practicing a regular and healthy oral hygiene routine e.g. brushing twice a day and flossing etc. Prevention is often the best treatment as it will help maintain healthy teeth for longer.

Attending regular hygiene checks at your dentist or hygienist as they will be able to examine any build up of plaque and they can remove the excessive build up with their dental tools. As well as a general clean and polish, they will be able to identify how severe your tooth decay is (if it has gotten to that stage).

If your level of tooth decay has started to cause cavities, you may very well need to have fillings which will fill up the space created by the decay, as well as protect you from further decay and tooth ache.

In some severe case, the tooth decay will have been so extensive that the root of a tooth may of been badly affected, which could then kill the associated nerve. In cases like these, you may require a root canal (if the tooth can be saved).

In the worst case scenario, the tooth won’t be saveable and will have to be extracted. It is always preferable to try and save a tooth, as your natural teeth will always be the best to have!

If extractions are inevitable, there are such treatments that can provide you with a secure tooth replacement (dental implants) which will also promote healthy bone regeneration to the surrounding structure:

Before and after - Single Dental Implant

What To Do If You Think You Have Tooth Decay?

If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms or you are simply worried that you have tooth decay, please do not hesitate to arrange your appointment today for a check up.

The earlier a problem is caught it will be easier to treat and the chances of losing a tooth will be extremely reduced!


Diabetics told to brush their teeth

Why is it so important for diabetics to pay special attention to brushing their teeth?

If you have diabetes you may be unaware how important it is to thoroughly brush your teeth and to practice excellent dental hygiene standards, to lower the risk of developing complications.

Research into oral health has shown that swollen gum inflammation can lead to a number of factors such as, increasing the chance of cardiovascular disease, increased severity of diabetes, and increase the mortality from oral cancer. From the same research it also states that the progression of gum disease can also be sped up by poorly controlling diabetes – It is also worth noting, that by leaving gum disease untreated, this can lead to the nasty conclusion of losing your teeth.

If you have diabetes it is even more important to ensure that you keep up with thoroughly brushing twice a day (fluoride tooth paste recommended), as well as flossing daily. Maintaining regular visits to your one dental clinic dentist will help ensure that your gums and teeth are protected, and will reduce the risk of you developing any further complications. We offer two dental plans that will make visiting us on a regular basis more affordable (please visit our affordable dental plans page).

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A Guide to Interdental Brushing

What is an interdental brush?

It is a small brush that can be held between your thumb and your fingers. Interdental brushes are available in various sizes at our Solihull Dental Practice which enables you to choose which size is most suitable for you. You may need to use more than one size to enable you to effectively clean all spaces between your teeth.

Why clean between teeth?

Over the course of a day, food and debris get lodged in between your teeth, and in any gaps you may have. If left, this debris can cause dental decay and gum disease. Removing food debris and plaque with an interdental brush will help keep your breath fresh. Cleaning in between your teeth makes sure that you are cleaning your mouth as thoroughly as possible.

Should I use an interdental brush instead of my normal toothbrush?

No. These small brushes should be used as part of your normal oral hygiene routine to be effective.

Why is my normal toothbrush not enough?

You will know that there are certain places in your mouth that are difficult to reach with your normal brush. There are also some gaps between your teeth that your toothbrush will not be able to access.

How can the interdental brush help?

With its small filaments and tiny bottle type head, the brush can be moved between the teeth to remove debris and plaque that will not have been removed by your usual toothbrush. They are available in two textures, original and Soft giving an effective option for even the most sensitive gums and teeth.

How do I use it?

Select a suitable sized interdental brush. Never force the brush between the teeth. Between front teeth, use a finer brush, turning slightly to ease the brush comfortably between the teeth. Remove the brush by gently pulling thereby removing plaque and debris. Repeat the turning motion to re-insert and pull out several times until you are satisfied the space is clean. For larger spaces nearer the back of the mouth, a larger headed brush might be needed. To be as effective as possible, shape the head into a slight curve DO NOT bend at right angles. You will then be able to easily locate and clean the space effectively. Always rinse brush in clean water during and after use.

When should I use it?

You need to clean between all your teeth at least once a day. For information speak to you solihull dentist or hygienist.


How to use the extra grip brush holder for Tepes

What is the Extra Grip Brush Holder?

The Extra Grip Brush Holder is for use with all TePe toothbrushes which are recommended by our dental hygienist.

Why would I need it?

The handle is for patients who have difficulty in holding a normal toothbrush handle. This includes arthritic and other conditions, which may produce a claw-like hand. It is also useful for children who find the fatter handle easier to use.

Does the toothbrush lock into the handle?

The toothbrush once put into the handle is very secure and will not come out during use.

How do I get the brush out of the handle?

If the handle does not come out with finger pressure a sharp tap on the end of the handle on the table will release it.

How do I clean the Easy Grip Handle?

The handle is dishwasher-proof. Toothpaste can be removed using a small brush and hot water.


Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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