Healthier teeth and gums …

A recent publication of Dental Update featured an article about preventative Dentistry looking at a number of case studies to help Dentist’s and their patients.

We’d like to share some of it’s key messages for adults and children with you.

These were taken from guidance originally issued by the English Department of Health in 2009.

They put together pointers that can be used to help keep teeth and gums healthier from child to adult.

Children 0-3

  • From 6 months introduce children to drinking from a cup
  • From 12 months try not to use a feeding bottle for any liquids, especially at night
  • Avoid adding sugar to food or drinks, and having too many sugary snacks
  • Ideally have sweet foods at meal times only
  • When teeth start to appear you can begin brushing them twice a day
  • Use a smear only of fluoride toothpaste containing no less then 1000 ppm Fluoride
  • Ask your doctor and dentist to prescribe sugar-free medicines

Children 3-7

  • Brush teeth twice a day – last thing at night and one other time.
  • Supervise brushing and only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the brush
  • Use a 1450 ppm Fluoride toothpaste (note legislation regarding this varies in different countries e.g. USA and Australia)
  • Spit out after brushing and try not to rinse with large amounts of water
  • Ideally have sweet foods and drinks at meal times only
  • Ask your doctor and dentist to prescribe sugar-free medicines

Children 7-15

  • Brush twice a day –  including last thing at night
  • Use a 1450 ppm Fluoride toothpaste (note legislation regarding this varies in different countries e.g. USA and Australia)
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse with large amounts of water
  • Ideally have sweet foods and drinks at meal times only
  • If you have decay problems then think about using a fluoride mouthrinse 0.05% NaF when you get home from school.

Adults

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste using a paste of at least 1450 ppm Fluoride.
  • Your dentist might consider prescribing a toothpaste with a higher concentration e.g. 2800 or 5000 ppm Fluoride if there is active decay.
  • Always brush just before going to bed and on one other occasion
  • Don’t rinse after brushing
  • Plaque control might be helped by an oscillating/rotating power toothbrush
  • Using a fluoride mouthrinse 0.05% NaF at a different time from toothbrushing can be helpful if you have a decay problem.