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Raj Parmar B.D.S., L.D.S.R.C.S.Eng Emma Baggaley B.ch.D., M.F.G.D.P.(UK)

Dental Healthcare Marlow

Passionate about Prevention

At Dental Healthcare Marlow we're passionate about helping people take care of their teeth, not only for the immediate future but for the rest of their lives, by giving appropriate information and encouraging good habits.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to come to the dentist for a check-up?

Ideally,  most people should have a dental examination every six months. For some  individuals who look after their mouths well and have very few problems, once a  year is fine.

What is plaque?

Plaque  is a sticky film of bacteria that coats your teeth. The bacteria digest the  sugar and starch left in your mouth from the food and drinks you consume and  produce acid and various toxins. The acid attacks tooth enamel, causing tooth  decay, and the toxins irritate the gums and cause gum disease.

Which toothbrush would you recommend?

A  toothbrush from a reputable manufacturer with bristles of medium softness and a  small head that enables you to reach alI parts of your mouth.

Which is the best toothpaste to use? 

Any toothpaste containing fluoride that you like the flavour  of is fine. Fluoride is important because it helps to strengthen tooth enamel,  inhibiting tooth decay. Don’t waste money on expensive products that make  impressive claims – there’s little evidence to support most of them.

What about whitening toothpastes?

Most  ‘whitening’ toothpastes contain mild bleaching agents, which the manufacturers  claim will whiten your teeth. In practical terms the agents aren't strong  enough and the toothpaste is not in contact with your teeth long enough to have  any effect. You'll also notice that these toothpastes are more expensive. This  is a ploy used by the manufacturers to make you believe whitening toothpastes  are better.

How often and for how long should I clean my teeth?

To clean your teeth thoroughly you should spend four to five  minutes twice a day. This may seem like a long time, but people who do take the time rarely have gum problems.

Do I need to use a mouthwash?

It’s up  to you whether you choose to use a mouth rinse or not. However it is important to remember that it should not be used instead of a toothbrush, as it won’t  clean your teeth for you. Apart from giving you a pleasant taste for a few  minutes, most mouthwashes offer no benefits and in fact many are highly acidic, which could gradually erode your tooth enamel.

Is an electric toothbrush more effective than a manual one?

It’s  possible to clean your teeth just as well with a manual toothbrush as an  electric one. If you choose to use an electric toothbrush, you should still  spend four to five minutes each time. It doesn't clean any quicker – it's just  doing the movement for you. Those who have limited strength or movement in  their hands or arms may find it easier to use an electric toothbrush.

What is dental floss and do I need to use it?

Dental  floss is a thin tape designed to remove the plaque from between your teeth. Regardless of manufacturers’ claims, tooth brushing alone will not remove plaque between your teeth. You should use floss three or four times a week, or every day if you have problems with your gums.

What is tartar?

Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has combined with  minerals from your saliva and hardened to form a stone-like deposit. It forms  easily between some teeth and below the gum line, where it can harbour plaque  and prevent you from removing it. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing or  flossing, so it’s important to have your teeth scaled by the dentist regularly.

You can find answers to more of your questions about dental health on the British Dental Health Foundation’s website here.