Looking After Your Dentistry

We make great efforts to provide you with the most appropriate treatments to ensure high standards of care. You can help to look after this in the following ways:

Brush twice a day with a soft or medium short-headed toothbrush. Floss once a day.

Avoid habitually using mouthwashes with a high alcohol content as this may soften dental bonding. Try to choose alcohol-free mouthwashes.

Just as natural teeth pick up stain, so do dental restorations. Black tea, coffee, liquorice, curry and smoking are a few common causes of staining but any highly coloured food or drink may cause discolouration. Consider this when choosing your diet.

Dental restorations are strong but not as strong as natural, unfilled teeth. Anything that might cause damage to a natural tooth; for example cracking nuts or chewing bones is more likely to damage restorations. Other damaging habits include opening packages with the teeth, chewing pens or pencils, biting finger nails, biting cotton thread and pipe smoking. Biting into hard foods like apples, carrots or corn on the cob can damage restorations in front teeth.

How long your dental treatment lasts depends on many things including how clean you keep your mouth, the habits you indulge in, the food and drink you choose and the force of your bite. Despite our best efforts, nothing we provide you with is as good as what nature originally provided. While we speak of ‘temporary’ crowns and ‘temporary’ fillings there is sadly no such thing as a ‘permanent’ dental restoration. Just as everything we use wears out eventually, all dental treatment will fail in time. The rate at which this happens is influenced by your home care.

Keep regular dental check-up and cleaning appointments. This allows us to identify small problems and act quickly before major damage occurs.