Could You Do More To Keep Your Teeth And Gums in Good Health?

Just a little extra effort could really give your teeth and gums a boost.

It is probably fair to say that most people don’t have seeing the dentist at the top of their list of fun things to do. There is always a risk that they will find a tooth that needs filling, or worse.

Despite this though, a number of patients probably pay far less attention to their teeth than they ought to if they want to minimise the amount of dental treatment that they receive.

At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we believe in preventative dental care and are always happy to offer advice to any patient who wishes to know how to take better care of their teeth. Whilst some of this advice will be specific to individual patients, the following is some good advice that is hopefully useful to everyone.

Brushing your teeth

Failure to do this will almost certainly lead to decay and other problems. You can optimise your brushing though by making sure that your brush is reasonably new (no older than three months) and that you use a good quality toothpaste. There is no need to ‘scrub’ your teeth hard and you may well damage the enamel if you do.


Far too few of us use dental floss. This is a shame as it is a simple thing that can really make a difference. Pieces of food and bacteria collect in placed between the teeth that a toothbrush will struggle to reach. It is no surprise therefore, that a lot of decay starts in these areas. If you are unsure how to use dental floss, ask us how and we’ll be pleased to advise.

Cut down the sugar

Sugar is well known for being a major cause of decay and even cutting down a little will help to keep your teeth healthier. Start by cutting out fizzy sugary drinks as these are thought by many to be behind the increase in tooth decay in this country.

Say hello to the dentist!

Hopefully, all patients of the Confidental Clinic will see their dentist every six months or so. Sometimes though, an appointment may have to be cancelled for a legitimate reason. If this happens to you, please make sure to rearrange your appointment as soon as possible and don’t leave it for a year without having your mouth examined. If you do, you are more likely to need more extensive treatment for what could have otherwise been a relatively minor issue.

….and the hygienist

A visit to the dental hygienist should not be an optional extra, but an essential part of your regular oral health care. The scale and polish treatment that they provide will remove hardened bacteria from the teeth and gum line and this is a great way to help keep your teeth and gums in good order.

Oral health care is not difficult, it just needs a little more care than some of us may acknowledge. We are here to help you at our Purley dental practice and you can contact us for an appointment on 020 8660 8923.