Guide to Oral Health
Berners Dental Practice recommends that you follow this guide to help you keep your teeth bright and your gums healthy so that they last a lifetime.
Parents should work with their children to show them how to do it right.
Simple Steps to a Healthy Mouth
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least 2-3 minutes.
- Floss every day.
- Limit the number of times you eat sugary snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
How to brush your teeth and gums
- Place your toothbrush at angle along the gum line. Wiggle gently backwards and forwards, or in small circular motions, around every tooth.
- Remember to brush the outside & inside surfaces of each tooth.
- You should angle your toothbrush long-ways to clean the inside of your top and bottom teeth.
- Brush the chewing surface of every tooth.
- You can also brush your tongue (this may tickle).
Flossing can remove wedged-in bacteria and food particles from between the teeth, helping protecting them from decay and keep the gums healthy.
Frequent snacking (especially of sweet or sugary food/drinks) is the biggest cause of tooth decay.
Most snacks that you eat contain sugars that can cause decay. Each "attack" can last for up to 20 minutes after you have finished your snack and that is when cavities can start.
You should eat sugary foods all at one time and not over several snacks to reduce tooth decay.
Babies and infants are just as susceptible to decay as older children and adults.
Gum disease is usually caused by poor brushing technique. Mild gum disease (gingivitis) causes the gums to become red and swollen and bleed easily (especially during teeth brushing). If this is not corrected then gums and bone can be broken down and the gums can separate from the teeth causing "pockets". This is advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and can lead to teeth becoming loose which then may need to be extracted.
It cannot be stressed enough that you are personally responsible for the day-to-day cleaning of your own teeth and gums.
We suggest replacing your old toothbrush with a fresh one at least every three to six months.
Visit your dentist regularly
Catching tooth decay or gum disease early is always best. At your dental check up our dentists at Berners Dental Practice will inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of disease. Periodic x-rays can also help detect tooth decay and bone loss. At Berners Dental Practice we use digital x-rays for almost instant diagnosis.
Your dentist may also recommend that you visit our Dental Hygienist for a more detailed cleaning.
Depending on your dental needs, your dentist will advise you on the period you should have between check ups.
Surgery opening hours
Weekdays9:00am to 1:00pm (Reception from 8.30am) 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Weekends and bank holidaysClosed
If you need help outside of the hours above, find emergency contact telephone numbers and further information here.
Although most of our surgeries are situated on the 1st floor and require the use of stairs, we have wheelchair access and 2 ground floor surgeries (limited use).