The Team here at Artis Dental & Implant Studio hope you are doing well under the latest lockdown situation we all find ourselves in.
We have decided to introduce a monthly newsletter to keep you updated regarding practice news, developments and further government guidance as soon as the situation changes. We will also provide useful tips on looking after your teeth and hot topics in dentistry. [ You can view and download a PDF version of our newsletter HERE ]
If you are having a dental emergency, please contact our Reception Team on 0131 466 8206 and they will triage your call.
You may be asked to send in a photo of the issue to help us with triaging.
If you have a broken tooth, and are unable to attend the practice, you are able to purchase a temporary filling material from your local pharmacy until you are able to see a dentist. These can be useful in preventing sensitivity and/or food trapping in the area.
Home Dental Care
Good oral hygiene is important in preventing dental problems, especially in the current situation.
Brush your teeth twice daily
It is important to brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste (of at least 1450ppm fluoride for adults and at least 1000ppm fluoride for children under 6). Brushing is the most important step to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Electric toothbrushes with an oscillating or rotating head have been proven to work better than manual toothbrushes. Remember to brush the inside and outside of your teeth, and the chewing surface. Don’t rinse with water after brushing as this dilutes and reduces the preventative effects of the toothpaste - you should spit out any excess toothpaste instead.
A fluoride containing mouthwash can be useful to help prevent tooth decay, however you should not use a mouthwash straight after brushing your teeth. This will wash away the fluoride from the toothpaste that is left on your teeth. It is a good idea to choose a different time to use mouthwash, for example, after lunch.
Flossing is a type of interdental cleaning that can remove plaque which in turn reduces the risk of gum disease. A good flossing technique is: Take 30cm of floss and wind it around you middle fingers leaving an inch or two to work with. Hold the floss tight between your thumbs and index finger then slide the floss between the teeth. Move the floss all the way to the gum line and gently curve the floss in a “C” shape and move it up and down the tooth. Repeat this for the other side of the tooth. Do this for every space, using a clean section of floss as you move between teeth.
Interdental (or “Tepe”) brushes are also very effective at cleaning in between your teeth. It is important to choose the right size of brush, which is something our hygienists can help with if you are unsure. Insert the brush between the teeth and gently move the brush back and forward a few times.
Waterflossers are a handheld electrical device that directs a stream of water or mouthwash between your teeth and gums. Many patients find them to be gentler than flossing. They can easily remove plaque from between your teeth and improve overall gum health. Waterflossers are available in practice.