Keeping you smiling www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk Lion House Dental Practice Ltd help you to Keep Smiling! - just follow this easy guide... HABITS Don’t miss appointments Attending at the dentist regularly will mean that your dentist can help you prevent problems, but also treat problems while they’re small and easy so you can keep your teeth! Stop smoking (or chewing tabacco, pan, khat etc.) It stains your teeth, can make your teeth loose and fall out, and increases risk of cancer. Shisha pipes are bad too, even if used only occasionally. It’s the single best thing you can do for your health! Speak to your GP about help quitting. Drink less alcohol Drink no more than 14 units a week, and at least 2 days without. 1 unit = ½ pint of beer or ½ glass of wine or a small measure of spirit. Alcohol is high in sugar and acidic, and raises your risk of accidents as well as cancer. Eat filling meals and don’t snack No sugary snacks in-between meals. Your mouth needs time to recover from eating. Eating more frequently doesn’t let it and decay is likely. Eat your 5 a day Fruits and vegetables reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer! Feed your family according to the NHS Eatwell Guide. www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk Drink only water or sugar-free hot drinks between meals Keep juices and sugary drinks to meal times, including alcohol. Fizzy drinks are acidic and will dissolve your teeth, even if sugar-free! Sugar-free squash is a good alternative. Use a straw When drinking acidic drinks, e.g. pop and fruit juices, to protect your front teeth from dissolving. Take your denture(s) out at night Your mouth needs time to recover after wearing a denture all day. Taking it out reduces your risk of decay and oral thrush. Place your dentures in water overnight to keep their colour and strength. Grinding your teeth or snoring? Speak to your dentist about it. We can help. INTER-DENTAL CLEANING Clean between your teeth before toothbrushing Plaque accumulates between the teeth too, out of reach of any toothbrush bristles, and is a common place for decay for this reason. Use ‘bottle’/TePe/Flexi brushes between teeth Use the biggest size that snuggly fits each gap. This will probably mean using a number of different colours/sizes between different teeth. Use floss in tighter spaces Remember, you’re supposed to clean the teeth either side of the space, not the gums. Do it in a mirror Especially at first before your hands get used to doing it without. www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk TOOTHBRUSHING Brush your teeth twice Last thing at night/after your last food or drink, and again before breakfast. If you prefer to brush after breakfast, a day wait 30 mins first. Once really isn’t enough, unfortunately. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a medium toothbrush Choose a non-whitening toothpaste that contains at least 1,450ppm fluoride (check the ingredients). Manual or electric? Both can get a clean result, but the technique is different. Talk to your dentist or dental nurse if you’re unsure. Brush each surface of every tooth Open wide (like a hippo) and brush your teeth while they’re apart, just like when your dentist looks at your teeth. Have a system so you don’t miss any sides of any teeth. Brush in the mirror To check that you’re doing a good job. Angle the brush 45° towards the gum line Don’t forget to sweep the pocket where your teeth meet the gum. Calculus, fossilised plaque, will build up otherwise. It’s very unkind to teeth and gums. Circular movements on each tooth Do not scrub up-down or left-right. Remember, plaque is soft. Be thorough, not harsh! It should take 4+ minutes 2 mins for the top teeth, 2 mins for the bottom. It’s longer than you think. Use a timer or your favourite song to make sure you brush for long enough. Spit out excess toothpaste Do not rinse with water or mouthwash, or eat or drink after tooth brushing, especially last thing at night. The longer the fluoride in the toothpaste is on the teeth, the more it prevents decay. Change your toothbrush (attachment if electric) Whenever the bristles splay, as it will be ineffective. Gingivitis www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk Periodontitis Calculus BABIES Only water in a bottle at bedtime Milk has natural sugars and will cause severe decay if sipped overnight. Juice is even worse. No bottle after 1st birthdays! Get your child used to a ‘sippy’ cup once they’re 6 months old. Discourage finger-sucking and pacifiers too; they can move teeth ruining your child’s smile. Brush their teeth for them Start toothbrushing twice a day as soon as teeth come through. Baby teeth are important They maintain the spaces for adult teeth – early tooth loss increases the likelihood of crooked teeth! Use the same toothpaste But only use a smear on the toothbrush so very little if any is swallowed. Sugar-free medicines Don’t let your children get used to sugary Calpol! Teething? Use a chilled teething ring or massage the gum with a clean finger. Don’t add sugar Especially not to weaning foods. Use mashed banana or other fruits, breast milk or formula to sweeten food, if needed. YOUNG CHILDREN Help them brush their teeth Twice a day, last thing at night/after their last food or drink, and again before breakfast. If brushing after breakfast, wait 30 mins before doing so. Use the same toothpaste But only use a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush so very little if any is swallowed. Bring them to the dentist Coming for check-ups from an early age will get them used to the dentist and they’ll get stickers if good! Avoid sticky snacks Even ‘healthy’ snacks such as raisins and fruit roll-ups stick to teeth and cause decay. Cheese is a tasty and healthy alternative – it neutralises acids and strengthens developing teeth and bones! Free-flowing cup Normal cups develop your child’s coordination and are healthier for teeth. Discourage thumb-sucking Finger-sucking moves teeth, and may ruin your child’s smile and make their teeth more prone to damage if they fall. www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk FROM 7 YEARS Watch and check their toothbrushing Twice a day, last thing at night/after their last food or drink, and again before breakfast. If brushing after breakfast, wait 30 mins before doing so. Use the same toothpaste But only use a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush so very little if any is swallowed. Bring them to the dentist Coming for check-ups regularly usually means less treatment and they’ll get stickers if good! Keep them well hydrated If children are hungry outside of mealtimes, fill them up with water or milk instead. It will help them concentrate and not give them a sugar-rush! Be meticulous around braces Braces trap a lot of plaque and your straight teeth will be marred by decay if you’re not on top of your cleaning. Wear a mouth-guard for sport Tooth trauma is common, and most often a result of sport-related injuries. Ask your dentist about getting a mouth-guard/gumshield. WHEN COMING TO THE DENTIST Clean your teeth This will allow your dentist to see your teeth, rather than what you had for breakfast. Don’t have a special clean though, so your dentist can see your normal level of toothbrushing and bottlebrushing/flossing. Come early This allows time to check-in and fill-in any forms. Bring a list of your medication Your dentist needs to know which medications you are taking regularly, if any. Some may change the kind of treatment you need. Call as soon as you know you’ll be late or can’t attend Giving us notice means another patient can see the dentist. We’re happy to reschedule appointments but several missed appointments may mean we stop offering them to you. Keeping you smiling www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk YOUR PERSONALISED CHECKLIST Don’t miss dentist appointments Clean your teeth before visiting your dentist Stop smoking Drink less alcohol Eat filling meals and don’t snack Drink only water or sugar-free hot drinks between meals Clean between your teeth before toothbrushing Toothbrush twice a day Use a fluoride toothpaste and a medium toothbrush Brush each surface of every tooth (in the mirror) Angle the brush towards the gum line and use circular movements 2 mins for the top teeth, 2 mins for the bottom teeth Spit out excess toothpaste – do not rinse it out www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk Lion House Dental Practice provides high quality dental care to the local community. Opening hours We are open during the following times: We understand the needs of our patients, and ensure that your treatment is done in complete confidence by properly trained staff, and that you are involved in decisions about your care. We provide the full range of NHS treatment (except orthodontics and sedation) to all members of the public. Monday 09.00 17.30 Tuesday 09.00 17.30 Wednesday 09.00 17.30 Thursday 09.00 17.30 09.00 16.00 Friday We also provide treatment on a private basis, including cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile. For further information on our full range of services, please ask any member of staff. If you would like to make an appointment, please telephone or email the practice, and we will be pleased to arrange a convenient time for you. Saturday Closed Sunday Closed The practice is closed for lunch from 13.00 to 14.00 every day. Should you have a dental emergency outside of the practice opening hours, please call 01748 822321 or 111 who will be able to assist you. ATE R ON GT D QUAKER LANE MA ISO Co-op Supermarket VICTORIA ND I EU RD Richmond Castle 6 13 Market Place A6 T: 01748 822321 E: email@example.com www.lionhouserichmond.co.uk RD IN DAR L 08 A61 The Station Information correct February 2017 6 Pottergate, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4AB IL L BARGATE HU RG GI LL IN G GALLOWG RD This is a service provided by NHS England Area Team (North Yorkshire and Humber), which is responsible for commissioning dental services in this area.
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