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Dentist reveals best way to brush your teeth


Over the years, we have been given different advice about how best to look after our teeth and most people probably stick to regular habits like brushing in the morning and in the evening before bed. However, not all dentists agree that this is the best way to brush teeth and keep them healthy in the long-term.

Scientists at University College London said that there is little research into the question of good dental health practices, which leads to much confusion about how and when we should be brushing our teeth. You might think it would be fairly simple but there is a lot more to take into account than when you are brushing and how long you brush for, such as what angle and pattern of brushstrokes.

UK leading dentist Dr Richard Marques told the Independent that we should be brushing our teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and then in the evening before going to bed. He also said that you should wait at least half an hour after eating so that the tooth enamel can recover from acid damage. Finally he added that it is ‘really important’ that we brush our teeth before bed to prevent decay from food particles that are left on the surface of the tooth.


Teeth brushing technique vital to oral health


Teeth brushing technique vital to oral healthEmergency dentistry treatment could be prevented if individuals ensure their teeth brushing technique is effective in ridding the mouth of bacteria.

Carrying out the task twice a day for at least two minutes is vital in ensuring oral health issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay, do not develop.

This view is echoed by the Times of India, which suggests that brushing teeth in an ineffective manner is a leading cause of cavities and other problems.

Marking the launch of Oral Health Day earlier this week, the newspaper revealed that oral health is among the most neglected issues across the country.

According to Colgate, individuals should begin their teeth brushing routine by cleaning the outer surfaces of their upper teeth, then continue with the lower areas.

The organisation also states that brushes with soft bristles can be more effective for removing plaque and limiting the risk of oral health issues.

Oral health news: Expert offers tips for teeth brushing


Oral health news: Expert offers tips for teeth brushingPeople who want to take precautions against emergency dentistry could be interested in a number of tips from a dental expert.

Dentyl Active spokesman and periodontologist Professor Robin Seymour has advised individuals to start brushing at the back of their mouths to ensure the best results.

He also advised members of the public to brush each tooth surface and the area around the gum line in order to ensure all areas of the mouth are cleaned.

With statistics revealing that less than ten per cent of people take part in regular flossing, Professor Seymour stated that an interproximal toothbrush can be just as useful.

He added: "With people's brushing habits being very poor for ridding plaque from their mouths, using an alcohol free mouthwash, twice daily is vital."

This news comes after the launch of the British Dental Health Foundation's National Smile Month campaign, which aims to promote oral hygiene to families across the UK.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800565212-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: Good oral health ‘can be achieved in the home’


Emergency dentistry news: Good oral health 'can be achieved in the home' Emergency dentistry patients could take more action to promote oral hygiene in their own home, an expert has suggested.

Leading peridontologist and spokesperson for Dentyl Active Professor Robin Seymour has urged families to pay more attention to their daily oral health routines.

With gum disease being found among some young teenagers, Professor Seymour has called for action to encourage members of the public to adopt an effective system of regular teeth brushing and flossing.

Carrying out these procedures regularly is vital to ensure excess bacteria does not build up on the teeth, he said, warning that failure to do so could lead to decay or tooth loss.

He said: "The message is clear, we have an urgent need to encourage the UK public into more thorough, oral care regimes at home."

The British Health Foundation has recently launched its latest National Smile Month campaign, which aims to promote oral hygiene to families across the UK ADNFCR-2621-ID-800549223-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: Children taught to brush teeth as part of National Smile Month


Emergency dentistry news: Children taught to brush teeth as part of National Smile MonthChildren in the Isle of Man will be shown how to brush their teeth in a bid to avoid emergency dentistry and improve oral hygiene.

The scheme, launched as part of National Smile Month, will be aimed at pre-school youngsters to increase their awareness about teeth brushing, reports.

Combined efforts of The Children's Centre and the Department of Health will allow experts to visit nurseries across the island throughout the month-long campaign.

Experts plan to explain the benefits of healthy teeth and gums to the children as well as inform them of the importance of calcium consumption.

Community dental nurse Patrician Newson said: "We realise how important it is for all sectors of our community to work together to improve dental health and the contribution being made by The Children's Centre is extremely valuable."

Kids Health recommends parents take their child to a specialised pediatric dentist upon the age they start receiving treatment.

The advise website states that this type of dental professional will have a clearer idea of when to refer children to a different type of practitioner.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800533190-ADNFCR

US school launches daily teeth brushing scheme


US school launches daily teeth brushing schemeA school in Montana is encouraging all of its students to brush their teeth in the classroom.

LaMotte School in Bozeman believes it is the first institution in the state to launch such an initiative, which could prevent youngsters from requiring emergency dentistry in the future.

According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, school principal LeeAnn Burke became concerned about dental care when one of her students missed a week of lessons due to tooth problems.

"I believe so much in the whole-child approach," she said. "We can provide a healthy environment for kids to learn and grow."

Pupils now have their own labelled toothbrushes at the school, while local dentists have donated tubes of toothpaste for the scheme.

Dental expert Dr Steve Helm said promoting good dental habits at a young age can "avoid a lot of problems that cause pain, fear of dentists and can be very expensive".

Dr Sarah Hulland, former president of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Dentistry, recently told the Vancouver Sun that it is important to keep children's gums clean even before teething.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800434469-ADNFCR

Lack of brushing ‘leads to cardiovascular risk’


Individuals who do not brush their teeth regularly run the risk of increased levels of cardiovascular problems in later life, it has been revealed.

According to research by Professor Richard Watt from University College London and published in BJM, lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, physical activity and oral health routines can all impact on a person’s likelihood of developing cardiovascular problems.

Professor Watt concluded: “Our results confirmed and further strengthened the suggested association between oral hygiene and the risk of cardiovascular disease – furthermore inflammatory markers were significantly associated with a very simple measure of poor oral health behaviour”.

Elsewhere, KDRV recently reported that the number of people who make trips to see an emergency dentistry professional could be cut considerably if people took better care of their teeth.

Dentist Dr Beau Kappthe told the publication that toothache is the number one reason that people have emergency treatments carried out and this is often caused by decay.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19807840-ADNFCR

Students brush teeth in Bath


A group students held a spontaneous teeth brushing session in Bath.

An impromptu street theatre performance saw 25 students descend on WH Smith’s in Bath on Saturday (December 5th) to brush their teeth. brush teeth

The Bath Chronicle reported Joshua Picton, who is studying at Dartington College of Arts, organised the event as he was interested in creating a spontaneous piece of theatre which could interact with the general public.

He commented: “Everyone was great and stayed in character; when people asked them what they were doing, they just said they wanted to brush their teeth.

“It went really well and we had some really good reactions from people.”

Elsewhere, a dentist in Florida recently put down his emergency dentistry equipment and took up a paintbrush to take part in the Artists Guild Gallery’s Color-rich Impressions of Nature exhibition.

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide reported Dr M Johnson Hagood has been working on his paintings for more than ten years and was honoured to be asked to take part.

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