What toothbrush and toothpaste should you use?

Toothbrushes With a wide range of toothbrushes available these days it can be a bit overwhelming trying to choose the right one. In general there are two main types – electric or manual. Either way you go, it’s all about using the correct technique. Aim to get the bristles of your brush 45 degrees towards the gum line, brushing half on the gums and half on the tooth surfaces. Electric toothbrushes have been shown to clean teeth better than a manual brush. But although they do most of the work for you, you still need to have the right technique and placement of the bristles. Guide the brush head gently around your teeth making sure to spend at least a few seconds on each tooth. Depending on

The effects of smoking on your oral health

Smoking can have detrimental effects on the health of your gums, teeth, mouth and throat. Not to mention your overall health! Smoking may contribution to serious conditions such as: Gum disease that can lead to infections or tooth loss. Increased risk of tooth decay. Leukoplakia (white patches in the mouth that may be pre-cancerous). Changes in mouth and throat tissues that can lead to oral cancer. In addition to these, lesser effects of smoking include staining and discoloration of the teeth, hairy tongue and bad breath. GUM DISEASE Gum disease has a higher frequency rate in smokers than non-smokers. The two most common gum diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingitivitis is the infl

What are Cavities?

What are cavities? A cavity is a hole in the tooth formed through the process of dental caries (you may have heard it referred to as ‘tooth decay’). Cavities are the breakdown of tooth enamel and structure due to bacteria in plaque that produce acid attacks on the tooth surface. Who is at risk for tooth decay? Tooth decay is heavily influenced by lifestyle including what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth including brushing and flossing, and the use of fluoride in our toothpaste or drinking water. Risk factors that increase the likelihood of tooth decay include: High sugar diet Dry mouth due to a lack of saliva Not brushing or flossing your teeth correctly Irregular dental check-ups

Q & A with our oral health therapist Maviel

In July 2016, Gentle Care Dentistry introduced the services of an Oral Health Therapist (OHT) to the clinic. An OHT is a dual-qualified as a dental hygienist and therapist. Maviel’s role in our dental team is largely focused on preventative care, as well as treatment of dental caries (tooth decay) and gum disease. She is currently available for appointments on Thursday. Please check out our special offer page for limited time introductory offers for you and your kids! We have asked Maviel to join us for a Q & A to get a better understanding of her role in our clinic: When did you join our team at Gentle Care Dentistry? I joined the team in March 2016 as a dental assistant and started to wor

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