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Top tips on cleaning from our hygienist

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

There’s nothing more frustrating as a person than thinking you’re doing something right, only to discover you’re actually doing it wrong. We, at Sheen Dental, want all our patients to have the information they need for a rigorous, home dental hygiene regime at their fingertips. That’s why we’ve asked our hygienist Richmond to give all their top tips on how to get the best clean for teeth, so the next time you visit us for your check-up you can get a gold star for a plaque-free gum line.

Check your brush


What we brush our teeth with physically is just as important as the toothpaste we use. Lots of patients can be guilty of leaving it far too long before they invest in a new toothbrush says our hygienist Richmond. Toothbrushes that are clearly long past their best before date are often accessories in bathrooms for patients and although we understand it can be easy to just carry on brushing with the same worn out brush without much thought, it’s probably not giving your teeth the clean that they need or deserve.


Assess your brush


When we see you at the practice it’s likely that we’ll ask you about the type of toothbrush you’re using at home - the size and shape etc . This is so we can ascertain whether or not the brush you’re using is the best one for you, as determined by our hygienist Richmond. Believe it or not the type of toothbrush you’re using is actually super important. If you're using a brush with too big a head for you, you’ll likely be missing out on some of the smaller corners of your mouth which is really less than ideal. It’s very much common sense if you’re a smaller, more petite person you’re likely going to need a smaller brush - this is something you can easily assess for yourself at home.


Investigate your toothpaste


There are an overwhelming number of different toothpastes available these days, with a different toothpaste for every possible issue going. That being said, really when we break it down toothpaste is there to clean your teeth and in some cases can help with other issues like whitening and sensitivity. You should always be checking exactly what the ingredients are in your toothpaste to confirm it actually has something in there to clean your teeth with. As great whitening toothpastes don’t actually always have the correct properties for cleaning in them - what’s the use of white teeth if they’re dirty under the surface.


Commit to flossing


We still see hundreds of patients who don’t floss as part of their oral hygiene routine and it’s so frustrating. Flossing is the only way that we can be sure we’re getting right down in the gum line for a proper plaque clean out. It doesn’t matter how hard or frequently you brush, flossing is the only way to fully get the germs out. So, if you aren’t flossing it’s time to start and if you don’t know how, then you only need to ask our dentist how to next time you visit the practice.

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