Back to Basics

Essential oral health care tips from our Wickford dentist.

Preventative dental care makes absolute common sense. Although restorative dentistry has come a long way, and there are now far many more choices other than just a filling or extraction available to our Wickford patients; few would disagree that avoiding these sometimes complex procedures is a much better route to take.

Despite all of the guidance and dental education, there are a few simple pieces of advice which are not always followed, yet which contribute greatly to good oral health, and it’s worth a quick recap on them for the benefit of our patients.

Brushing the teeth

We all know that we should brush our teeth twice a day, in order to rid our teeth of the sugars that stick to them and lead to decay. Even brushing though needs to be taken more seriously, and these three pieces of advice will help.

Toothpaste – Always use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride will help to protect and strengthen the enamel of our teeth. Using a non fluoride toothpaste is likely to lead to more dental decay and more fillings.

The Brush – Always make sure that your brush is no more than three months old, or the head if using an electric brush. Once the bristles become worn, they are ineffective at removing sugars and bacteria from the teeth and gums.

Technique – Most of us probably brush the way that we were taught as children. This, however, may not be the best advice and the hygienist at our Wickford dental practice is happy to show you how to do this correctly. Generally though, brushing should take at least two minutes and be done in small circular motions, with the brush angled so as to clean around the gum line as well as the teeth.


Adding flossing to your oral health regimen is perhaps one of the biggest improvements that you can make. Although it can be tricky to master, it is highly effective in preventing gum disease as it assists in cleaning between the teeth more effectively. There are alternatives, such as inter dental brushes, which we are happy to discuss with you.


The jury is out on mouthwashes. Whether you use one or not is down to each person’s preference. What should be said though, is that mouthwash should be used as a supplement to a good brushing and flossing regimen, and not as an alternative. In addition to the addition of these simple pieces of advice, having your teeth and gums checked by our Wickford hygienist will ensure that any hidden gum disease can be treated and your gums kept in good health.

To book an appointment with the hygienist at Cygnet Dental Practice, please call us on 01268 733078.