Top 10 oral health tips to share with your patients

It is important to regularly communicate with your patients and help educate them about good oral healthcare.

Our good friends at Blue Horizons Marketing who have been producing patient newsletters for dental practices for over 12 years, have compiled these top ten tips for you to share with your patients:

1. The easiest way to boost your smile is by taking care of it on a daily basis.  This means ensuring you brush your teeth twice a day.

2. Clean between your teeth and around the gum line every day; This helps prevent the build-up of plaque, which in turn helps to prevent gum disease – the biggest cause of adult tooth loss in the UK.

3. Use a toothpaste with fluoride as this makes the teeth more resistant to decay.

4. Change your tooth brush every 6 – 12 weeks Worn bristles can cause damage to your teeth and gums, they become less effective and old toothbrushes can also breed bacteria.

5. Give your toothpaste more time to work! Rinse your toothbrush but not your mouth, simply spit out the toothpaste from your mouth instead and give it chance to work a little longer.

6. Visit us regularly to avoid storing up problems. Problems such as gum disease and tooth decay can be spotted and dealt with early.  Your teeth can also be professionally cleaned and polished regularly, refreshing your smile and giving it an extra sparkle.

7. Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Try to cut down how frequently you consume sugary food or drinks, many dentists now advise that sugar shouldn’t be consumed any more than five times a day to maintain healthy teeth. If you need to snack, try savoury foods (but check the label first – some savoury foods still contain sugars) and avoid frequent drinks containing sugars.

8. Avoid acidic drinks - Smoothies, natural juices, cordial, concentrates and diet drinks are often very acidic and erode the enamel of your teeth, which is why your teeth feel sticky after you drink them. The answer? Drink water.

9. To give your smile an extra boost, you might like to consider tooth whitening. Your teeth can often become stained, particularly by drinking tea, coffee and red wine.  They also become discoloured as you grow older.

10. If your teeth need a little extra attention; for example if you have gaps, cracked or chipped teeth, or they need straightening, please ask us about it.  We can then discuss the options available, and create a treatment plan that will suit you.

Remember to also check out the BDHF website for information on their national campaigns such as Mouth Cancer Action month and National Smile month.