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04/03/2014 by Alexandra

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How to brush your teeth properly

This sounds easy, but the fact is that when it comes to tooth brushing, most people do an unsatisfactory job. It takes 2 minutes to brush all your tooth surfaces, yet most people spend 30 seconds or less brushing. As a result, they miss the same spots day after day, allowing plaque bacteria to thrive.

The next time you brush your teeth, take a timer along to make sure you brush for two minutes. You'll be surprised how long this seems.


Dentists suggest that you floss at least once a day. This is because bacteria build up between your teeth that can lead to gum disease. It might be even better to remember to floss each time before you brush. Did you know that you miss nearly 40% of tooth surfaces when you brush without flossing.

Ask your dentist to give you a refresher course in proper flossing and toothbrushing technique.

Many dentists suggest electric toothbrushes for more thorough cleaning. Some electric brushes have built in timers that tell you when you've brushed for 2 minutes. Unlike manual toothbrushes, electrical toothbrushes can remove plaque that resides just below the gum line. This will help you avoid gum disease.

Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush after every meal. This will help remove the source of material that leads to plaque.

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How to brush a baby's teeth

Brush your baby's teeth twice a day, using natural and organic toothpaste for babies and children. You only need a small amount of toothpaste on the brush. It should cover less than one quarter of the bristles.

Here are some other helpful tips:

  • Even before your baby's first tooth comes through you can get them used to the feeling of brushing by applying children's toothpaste to your finger, then gently rubbing their gums.
  • You can brush your baby's teeth with the baby facing away from you, on your lap, as you can get to the teeth more easily this way.
  • Your baby's gums may feel tender when they're teething, so be very gentle, and concentrate on where the gums and the teeth meet.
  • If using natural fluoride-free toothpaste for children then you do not need to worry if your baby swallows it.
  • Once your child is old enough, let him or her have a go at holding the brush. They may enjoy to do it themselves.

Read more tips about teething.

When should you visit your dentist?

Visit your dentist every 6 months. Through routine checkups, your dentist can identify and remove areas of tartar build-up. Remember, you cannot brush tartar away. Only your dentist can remove it.

By examining your gums and probing pocket depths, your dentist can determine if you have gum disease.This is extremely important, since gum disease is often symptomless. Unfortunately, one in three people over the age of 30 are estimated to have some form of periodontal disease, but they are unaware of it because it is a problem that develops silently and painlessly.

How to prevent gum disease, periodontal disease and gingivitis


Gingivitis is most commonly known as inflammation of the gums. It is generally caused when plaque develops on the teeth, giving bacteria a chance to proliferate and release toxins into your mouth. These toxins then irritate your gums, making them sore and inflamed. Left untreated, it can develop into a more serious condition known as periodontitis.

Periodontal disease therefore occurs when bacteria in plaque infect the gums and bones that anchor the teeth. Periodontitis and dental decay are the primary causes of adult tooth loss.

Bacterial toxins are then released into the bloodstream, beginning a cascade of health problems. We can’t stress strongly enough the importance of addressing gingivitis if you have it, as recent research has revealed a relationship between periodontal infection and more serious health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and pre-term low birth weight babies.

When it comes to preventing gum disease, all toothpastes are not alike. Recent studies show that SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate, also written sodium lauryl sulphate), an ingredient found in the majority of all toothpastes, may actually promote periodontal disease.

You can also massage your gums daily with a rubber-tipped gum stimulator. This will increase the flow of blood to the area and help promote healing.

Mouth ulcers

Nearly everyone can remember suffering from a mouth ulcer at some point in their lives, whilst around 20% of people experience recurrent mouth ulcers. These have often been linked with anxiety, eating sharp foods which damage the tissue of the mouth and women’s hormonal changes.

Certain foods have also been highlighted as triggering mouth ulcers; these include strawberries, cheese and coffee.

Studies have also linked SLS with mouth ulcer formation. SLS is a known skin irritant and is likely to irritate your gums causing ulceration.

What is Dry Mouth Syndrome?

Dry Mouth Syndrome is also known as xerostomia. Its symptoms are just as the name suggests: lack of saliva causing a very dry mouth. It affects huge numbers of people – as many as 1 in 4 of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives.

Having dry mouth syndrome can:

  • Affect eating and talking, with the need for constant sips of water
  • Affect sense of taste
  • Come on as a side effect of taking medication
  • Affect sleep
  • Increase the risk of dental decay and gum disease

According to a clinical trial report: "Betaine appears to be a promising ingredient of toothpastes in general and especially of toothpastes designed for patients with Dry Mouth Syndrome.”

All our toothpastes contain Betaine, beneficial to sufferers of Dry Mouth Syndrome.

Have you got a question about our natural toothpastes? Our team of advisers are ready to answer your questions. Please call us on 01403 740350 or leave a comment or question below.

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