Apollonia House: Complimenting your smile

Ann-Marie Banks, from Apollonia House Dental and Health Care in Grasscroft, offers some advice about on help compliment your smile.apollonia house logo

Please feel free to call Apollonia House Dental and Health on 01457 821800 or email info@apolloniahouse.com for any dental questions or concerns you have. You can also visit their website.

A SMILE. It’s one of the most powerful and emotive gestures we can do.

Smiling shows confidence and has been proved to have a positive effect on our relationships, careers and overall image.

It’s so simple, yet sadly so many people just don’t have the confidence to smile. Here’s some simple advice to compliment our smile.

It is important you brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a toothpaste containing fluoride.

Eating and drinking foods containing sugar and acids naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth. Brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away so it is best not to brush until at least one hour after eating.

It is especially important to brush before bed. This is because the flow of saliva, which is the mouth’s cleaning system, slows down during the night and this leaves the mouth more at risk from decay.

It is important to clean for two minutes – usually this is enough to remove plaque and clean properly. It’s useful to use a stop-watch or timer as two minutes is often longer than you think.

Ideally adults should use a toothbrush with a small to medium-sized head with multi-tufted, soft to medium filaments (bristles).  Electric toothbrushes are excellent for keeping our mouths clean. Your dental professional can advise you on which electric brush is best for you.

It is just as important for children to use the correct toothbrush. Look for a small-headed toothbrush with soft nylon bristles, suitable for the age of your child. There are also power specially designed for children. Children under the age of 7 should be supervised while brushing.

Most dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste to prevent decay – fluoride has been proven to reduce tooth decay by at least 40 per cent.

It is important to use only a small, pea-sized smear of toothpaste for children, as they are likely to swallow some of it. After brushing you should spit out rather than rinsing, to prevent the fluoride being rinsed away.

Brushing alone only cleans three of the five surfaces of your teeth, so it is important you also clean between your teeth using interdental brushes or floss. Your dental team will be able to show you how.

Please call Apollonia House on 01457822800 or email us at smile@apolloniahouse.com for any dental advice. 

DON’T FORGET: National Smile Month is coming to Grasscroft as Apollonia House is joining in the UK’s biggest oral health campaign.

Taking place from 18 May to 18 June, National Smile Month aims to promote and raise awareness of good oral health, and Apollonia House is getting involved in doing just that.

To show their support, the team from Apollonia House will be holding a ‘draw your dentist’ competition.

All children are encouraged to drop in drawings of their dentist or draw one in the practice between May 18 – June 18.

There will be a prize for under 7s and one for 7-12 year olds. The prize will be a Philips Sonicare Children’s Toothbrush worth £75, specifically designed for growing kids to encourage healthy habits and deliver outstanding results even when they are brushing on their own.

For more information visit www.smilemonth.org

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