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Dental, Cosmetic & Laser Treatments in Chertsey, Surrey
Telephone 01932 570 099 | Email
Call 07821 119 351 between 6pm - 10pm to book

Dental, Cosmetic & Laser Treatments in Chertsey, Surrey

Telephone 01932 570 099

Call 07821 119 351 between 6pm - 10pm to book


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News & stories relating to our dental & cosmetic treatments.
When it comes to our oral health, there are some habits that we know we should be keeping up with. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing are two of the most common that spring to mind. But are there some habits that you’ve got into that could be doing more harm than good? A recent article for Grampian Online highlighted some of the misconceptions around oral care that could mean you’re actually damaging your teeth despite your best efforts.


For instance, you shouldn’t wet your toothbrush either before or after you put toothpaste on it, according to Dr Catherine Tannahill, director of clinical dentistry at Portman Dental Care. She explained that, because toothpastes already contain water, in adding more you’re actually diluting the ingredients in the toothpaste, which can make it less effective.


Dr Tannahill also advised against rinsing your mouth after you’ve brushed, either with mouthwash or water.


“Helpful ingredients in toothpaste like fluoride, which protects against decay, and antibacterial agents stay on the surface of your teeth even after you have finished brushing,” she said, adding that this means if you rinse “you are in fact just washing all of those ingredients away”.


For those who want to use mouthwash, Dr Tannahill recommends using it at a different time of day to when you would usually brush your teeth.


It’s in all of our interests to take care of our teeth, especially currently when it is more difficult to get to the dentist than in normal times. Research carried out recently by the University of Manchester shared the treatments that it will be easier to access, as well as those that are likely to be made more difficult by Covid-19.


Preventative dentistry in Surrey, such as examinations and check-ups, are likely to be fine, while extractions not requiring a drill and simple fillings will also be easier to administer than the likes of fillings requiring the extensive use of a drill, root canal treatments and implant placements.