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Oral Health

Oral Health

Caring for your Teeth at Home

Caring for your Teeth at Home

Plaque is a film of bacteria that builds up and coats your teeth if you don't brush them properly. It is the build up of plaque which contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing and cleaning in between teeth stops plaque building up around your teeth and gums.

When & How do I Brush?

When and How do I Brush?

Brush your teeth for about two minutes twice a day, once should be last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion every day.

Make sure you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth, which should take about two minutes. Remember to brush the inside surfaces, outside surfaces and the chewing surfaces of your teeth, holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle pointing towards the gum line.

Children need to be helped or supervised brushing their teeth until they're at least seven years old.

Which toothpaste should I use?

It's important to use a toothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride. Check the packaging to find out how much fluoride each brand contains.

Which toothbrush should I use?

Most importantly, making sure you thoroughly clean your teeth at least twice a day is more important than the type of brush you use.

For those who choose to use a manual toothbrush, for most adults, a toothbrush with a small head and medium bristles are best.

An electric brush can be recommended for some individuals depending on their own mouth, for example whether they have implants or bridges to look after. If your dentist recommends an electric brush, choose one with an oscillating or rotating. An electric brush provides a large amount of cleaning action with very little movement needed from the user, although you do need to position the brush correctly.

How do I clean in between my teeth?

There are several dental items now available to clean in between your teeth, the most popular are floss and interdental cleaning brushes.


  1. Break off about 45 centimetres (18 inches) of floss, and wind some around one finger of each hand.
  2. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them, leaving no slack. Use a gentle ‘rocking' motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk the floss or snap the floss into the gums.
  3. When the floss reaches your gumline, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth until you feel resistance.
  4. Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum. Repeat on the other side of the gap, along the side of the next tooth.
  5. Don't forget the back of your last tooth. When flossing, keep to a regular pattern. Start at the top and work from left to right, then move to the bottom and again work from the left to right. This way you're less likely to miss any teeth.

Interdental Brushes

Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes come in various sizes. It may be helpful to ask your dentist or hygienist to show you the correct sizes for your mouth.

Hold the interdental brush between your thumb and forefinger. Gently place the brush through the gap between your teeth. Do not force the brush head through the gap. If the brush splays or bends then it is too big - you will need a smaller brush head for this space.

Should I use a Mouthwash?

Many people use a mouthwash as part of their daily oral health routine.

Some mouthwashes contain an anti-bacterial ingredient to help reduce plaque and prevent gum disease. Mouthwashes may also contain fluoride to help prevent decay, and all will help to freshen your breath and wash away bits of food.

Should you choose to use a mouthwash for general use, it is very important to use it at a DIFFERENT time to brushing with toothpaste, so you do not rinse the toothpaste away straight after brushing.

If you are considering a more specific mouthwash to help with a specific condition, please ask your dentist for advice.

Sale Practice

1 Hope Road,
M33 3AB

Tel: 0161 962 7465
Fax: 0161 905 2920
Opening Hours:
Mon - 8am-8pm
Tues - 8am-8pm
Wed - 8am-8pm
Thurs - 8am-8pm
Fri - 8am-4pm

Timperley Practice

53C Mainwood Rd,
WA15 7JW

Tel: 0161 980 6745
Fax: 0161 903 9029
Opening Hours:
Mon - 8am-8pm
Tues - 8am-5pm
Wed - 8am-8pm
Thurs - 8am-8pm
Fri - 8am-4pm

Brooklands Practice

203 Marsland Road
M33 3ND

Tel: 0161 962 0066
Opening Hours:
Mon - 8am-5.30pm
Tues - 8am-6pm
Wed - 8am-5.30pm
Thurs - 8am-3pm
Fri - 8am-3pm