1. What do most people get wrong with regards to oral health?
Most people brush their teeth fairly well but fail to get the bits in between the teeth. This means you miss build-up of food particles and plaque which can accumulate there. A normal toothbrush will effectively clean the exposed surfaces of the teeth, but you need to floss or use interdental brushes to clean between the teeth and the gums. If you find flossing difficult, interdental brushes make it easier as they come in different sizes to suit different teeth.
The other common issue is people not brushing for long enough. Their technique is usually fine, but very few people actually keep brushing for two minutes. This is where electric toothbrushes can be helpful because they vibrate to let you know when the two minutes is up.
2. Are dental decay issues hereditary?
In the majority of cases I’ve seen, tooth decay is not hereditary. And this is a common misconception.
It’s often that lifestyle habits, including dental habits are passed down from parents to children. If a parent has suffered a lot of tooth decay, this is likely to be due to lifestyle factors such as a diet that’s high in sugar. And in this scenario their children are more likely to also eat a high-sugar diet and then suffer tooth decay themselves.
3. What’s the difference between NHS and private dental care?
NHS dental care provides essential maintenance for a healthy mouth. Private dental care goes a step further by offering advice, guidance and treatment options for both a healthy and confident smile.
There are many services that aren’t available on the NHS, particularly cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding and white fillings. Private consultations also tend to be longer and you get access to more flexible appointment times.