Simple things you can do to avoid decay.
People often do not realise how simple changes can make a big effect on the health of the mouth. The Department of Health recently released the third edition of 'Delivering Better Oral Health' and it is full of practical advice for dental professionals and patients- how they can lower the risk of having dental problems in the future. Here are some key points from the most recent edition:
Do the following to reduce your risk of dental decay:
The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced.
Brush at least twice daily, with a fluoridated toothpaste
Brush last thing at night and at least on one other occasion
Use fluoridated toothpaste containing 1350-1500ppm*
Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, to maintain fluoride concentration levels
* This information can be found on the packaging of the toothpaste.
For children between the ages of 3-6 years a toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm fluoride should be used and it is good practice to use only a pea size amount. Brushing should be supervised until the child is 7-8yrs old. For children under 3 years old a separate leaflet is available