Oral Health

Introduction

Welcome to the oral health page. Good oral health is essential to feeling and looking good.

Click on the relevant section and follow the links to find out how to keep your teeth and gums in tip top condition. Follow the links to find out more about acid erosion, gum disease, fluoride and much more.

Fluoride Toothpaste Protects Teeth

Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste can help to reduce the chance of developing tooth decay

Which toothpaste should I use?

  • To provide maximum protection against dental decay use a family toothpaste that contains at least a 1000 – 1500 parts per million fluoride.
  • The level of fluoride is listed with the ingredients and written as (1450ppm) depending on the amount contained.

Always check the fluoride content before buying!

Low Fluoride toothpastes (less than 1000ppm)

There is no evidence to suggest that low dose fluoride toothpaste are effective However their use may be justified if:

  • Advised by a Dental Professional.
  • Alternative fluoride supplements are used.
  • The water supply is fluoridated.
    (Pembrokeshire’s water supply is not fluoridated)

How much should I use?

  • Children under 3 years of age should use a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride
  • Children over the age of three years should use a pea- sized amount of toothpaste containing no less than 1350 -1450ppm fluoride.
  • After tooth brushing Spit Out any remaining toothpaste Do Not Rinse.

Common problems

Avulsed (Knocked out) teeth
Bad breath
Cracked teeth
Dental erosion
Fear of the dentist
Gum disease
Jaw problems and headaches
Sensitive teeth

Tell me about:

  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental extractions
  • Diet in relation to dental decay
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Mouth guards
  • Oral care products
  • Pit and fissure sealants
  • Paying for treatment
  • Root canal treatment
  • Smoking and oral health
  • Visiting the hygienist
  • Wisdom Teeth
  • X-rays
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