Welcome back. We’re at the prevention stage of our series on tooth decay- your definitive guide.

So we’re now looking at the ways to stop tooth decay from starting. We know that certain types of bacteria in the mouth are harmful because they make acids that result in tooth decay. Last time we looked at removing the harmful bacteria by- you guessed it – tooth brushing and inter-dental cleaning. We showed you a great video on the correct way to brush your teeth using an electric toothbrush.

I know that some people still do not like to use an electric toothbrush. The most common comment I get is “they just don’t feel clean enough “. I found the reason that most people feel this way is due to their technique as nobody has shown them how to use one properly. I still believe that using an electric toothbrush is the most efficient way of removing the harmful bacteria and the video we showed last time demonstrates the right technique for using one.

If you’re still adamant on using a manual toothbrush then this next video is for you. Our hygienist at Time Dental shows the correct way of using a manual toothbrush to make sure you have the best technique. This can also be applied to kids when brushing their teeth. I would recommend that parents/ guardians brush children’s teeth up until the age of 7, as up to this age they have not yet developed the handskills to effectively brush their own teeth. Let them brush their teeth first and then parents/guardians should finish the job off.  Make sure that you reach the back teeth as these are most commonly missed.

Another top tip is to use a disclosing tablet once a week. This tablet stains plaque bacteria so you can visibly see where the brushing has been missed.

Check out the video for manual toothbrushing.

Until next time, keep smiling!