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6 Mistakes You Make When Cleaning Your Teeth: What Causes Your Teeth To Stain?

Good dental hygiene is key when it comes to looking after your teeth. If you’re brushing twice a day and still find that you’re having to deal with teeth discolouration, then you could be making one of these 6 mistakes – any of these reasons could be what causes your teeth to stain.

Are you using the wrong toothbrush or toothpaste?

Many people believe that all they have to do to achieve great dental hygiene is brush their teeth twice a day. While this is a good place to start, using the wrong toothbrush or toothpaste could actually be behind what causes your teeth to stain.

There’s no magic ‘one fits all’ toothpaste, but you need to make sure that whichever toothpaste you do pick has enough fluoride in it. Adults will need to aim for a toothpaste that has around 1,350 to 1,500 ppm (parts per million) as this is key in avoiding teeth discolouration and using a toothpaste with a low ppm can be what causes your teeth to stain.

There’s lots of debate around whether using a manual or electric toothbrush is best, but either way it’s important to make sure that you’re using medium or soft bristles (not hard!), as well as a brush head that’s not too large. You’re aiming to clean each individual tooth, not all of them at once.

If you’re not sure which toothpaste or toothbrush is right for you, then your local dentist can give you advice.

Poor brushing habits may be what causes your teeth to stain.

Changing your toothbrush or brush head regularly is really important and can cut down the amount of dental treatments that you might need. Toothbrushes help us to get rid of any bacteria, so old ones can be really unhygienic and may be what causes your teeth to stain.

A good rule of thumb is to swap your brush or brush head out every three months. If you find it hard to remember when you started using your current toothbrush, then an easy trick is to simply swap to a new one at the start of every season.

Don’t brush too hard, and make sure you brush for long enough.

Brushing harder does not mean that your teeth will be cleaner. In fact, brushing too hard can actually be what causes your teeth to stain as it can wear down your enamel and expose the yellowish dentin beneath.

Another common misbelief is that brushing harder reduces the amount you need to brush your teeth. This is completely untrue, and you need to make sure that you’re brushing your teeth for around 2-3 minutes at a medium pressure to avoid causing any damage to your teeth or gums.

Your local dentist can tell you if you’re brushing your teeth correctly and help advise you on the correct length of time and pressure to use.

Make sure you’re brushing at the right time

The NHS recommends brushing your teeth once at night and at least once more throughout the day, but many people pick the wrong time which can be even worse than not brushing at all, and is key when it comes to what causes your teeth to stain.

Drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth in the morning can taste awful, but it’s really important that you’re brushing before drinking anything acidic like fruit juice – not after. This is because the acidic nature of things like orange juice can soften your enamel, and brushing straight away can cause damage to your teeth.

Brushing too soon after eating or drinking anything acidic can also be what causes your teeth to stain, so you should always wait for at least half an hour.

Find more dental tips on our site, or search ‘dentist near me’ to find your closest dentist who can offer more advice.

Dental floss and interdental brushes are important for good dental hygiene

Flossing should be a key part of your dental routine, but some people only floss the teeth that they can reach and neglect the ones at the back of their mouth.

While any kind of flossing is better than not doing it at all, failing to floss all of your teeth could be a contributing factor towards what causes your teeth to stain. By flossing, you’re not only removing any stuck bits of food, but you’re also tackling the plaque that builds up between your teeth and gums. If you’re not flossing properly then this can increase your chances of having to undertake dental treatments for gum disease or cavities in the future.

You should be using interdental brushes alongside your toothbrush and floss, as these are specially designed to clean the sides of your teeth. No matter how well you’re brushing and flossing your teeth, these are parts that you may miss without the help of an interdental brush.

If you’re confused around getting started using interdental brushes, then your local dentist will have all of the info that you’ll need.

Using only mouthwash or rinsing once you’ve finished brushing could be what causes your teeth to stain.

Mouthwash is a great addition to your dental hygiene routine but under no circumstances should it be used as a replacement for proper brushing or flossing. Using mouthwash alone might leave you with a minty fresh taste, but it’s about as effective as rinsing your mouth out with water.

Speaking of which, once you’ve finished brushing and flossing, you should avoid the temptation to rinse your mouth out with water. It might seem tempting, but this can remove all of the fluoride and the enamel-protection of the toothpaste you’ve just used.

Although it can be difficult at first, aim to ‘spit not rinse’, as washing away the fluoride and enamel-protecting properties of your toothpaste could be what causes your teeth to stain.

Remember that you can find your nearest dentist by searching for ‘dentist near me’, and they’ll be able to offer you all of the advice that you need around dental hygiene and avoiding teeth discolouration.

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When You Should See an Emergency Dentist

What is classed as Emergency Dentistry?

Dealing with dental problems during out of office hours can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re in pain. Many dentists will see you if you have a dental emergency in the evenings, weekends, or even during bank holidays.

Not every dental problem is a dental emergency, though. So, what exactly constitutes an emergency?

When it comes to determining if you have a dental emergency, you can ask yourself the following questions:

    • Are you continuing to bleed for more than 20 minutes, even after biting down on a gauze?
    • Are you in severe pain that is affecting your ability to sleep, concentrate, or eat?
    • Have you lost, broken, or chipped a tooth?
    • Do you have an infection?

If you are bleeding, in pain, or have a damaged tooth, these can lead to life-threatening or long term medical problems, and they are classed as a dental emergency.

Below we will walk through some of the most common types of dental emergencies.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma is one of the most common types of dental emergencies. It is a general term that encompasses any injury to the mouth, including teeth, lips, gums, tongues, and jawbone. Dental trauma is an injury to the mouth, including teeth, lips, gums, tongue, and jawbones. Teeth, soft tissue, and bones can be injured, fractured, broken, displaced, and lost entirely.

Kids Dental Trauma

Children are far more susceptible to dental trauma due to their risk-taking nature and fearlessness. However, if chipped teeth, damaged gums, and broken bones are not treated immediately, this can leave them vulnerable to life long oral health problems.

Cracked, Chipped or Broken Tooth

People love to play fast and loose with their teeth. Whether you’re opening something with your teeth or a sports injury has resulted in a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, you must get to an emergency dentist as soon as you can to preserve the damaged tooth as much as possible.

Knocked-out Tooth

Luckily, if you act quickly if your tooth is knocked out, your emergency dentist will be able to reinsert and preserve your tooth.

First, you must call an emergency dentist as soon as you lose the tooth. Then make sure you gently pick up your tooth at the top and avoid the root. Next, you can carefully clean and rinse the tooth, but make sure you don’t scrub the tooth. If you can, insert your tooth back into the socket. If you cannot do that, then place your tooth in a clean container with some milk until your appointment.

Partial Tooth Dislodgement

If your tooth has not been knocked out, but is partially dislodged, then this also constitutes a dental emergency. Your tooth will be loose but hanging on to the root or dental nerve, and if you do seek medical treatment, you risk losing the tooth entirely, gum disease, dental decay, or infection.

Toothache

There are many reasons people suffer from toothaches, and we’ll go into the reasons in more detail below.

It is important to note that if your toothache is so severe that it distracts you from your daily routine, you should call an emergency dentist.

While you might think it is an ordinary toothache that can wait until after the weekend, you might not know what kind of toothache it is precisely, and it is always better to call the emergency dentist just in case.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

You will know when you’re ready to have your wisdom teeth, or third molars, removed. As your wisdom teeth grow in, there isn’t always room for them. This results in an intense pain in your jaw that can spread throughout your mouth and head.

You should see a dentist as soon as you start to feel pain, but seek an emergency dentist if the pain is severe.

If you’ve recently had your wisdom teeth removed, and your wounds will not stop bleeding even after biting down on gauze, then call your emergency dentist immediately.

Pulpitis (reversible)

Pulpitis is the tissue’s inflammation in the centre of a tooth, also known as dental pulp. Dental pulp holds soft connective tissue, nerves, and the blood supply for teeth. When it is inflamed, you will feel a deep pain from the nerve of the tooth.

Reversible Pulpitis will typically become a cavity because it is not deep yet. To prevent it from spreading deeper, you should visit a dentist as soon as you feel the inflammation.

Pulpitis (irreversible)

Irreversible Pulpitis is one of the most common reasons people visit an emergency dentist. Once the bacteria spread to the nerve, the inflammation becomes so severe that it is unbearable. While it is irreversible, if left untreated, then the infection and bacteria will spread to other parts of the mouth and body. You should seek an emergency dentist if you feel inflammation and pain at the centre of your tooth.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms inside the teeth, gums or bones. It can cause an intense throbbing pain throughout your teeth, jaw, neck, and ear. The pain may be worse when you lie down. Your gums will feel red and swollen, and your teeth will be incredibly tender or even lose.

Dental abscess does not go away on its own, and you should see an emergency dentist as soon as you can.

Tooth Extraction

There are countless reasons you may need an emergency tooth extraction.

It can be because of tooth decay or gum infection. You may also have a broken tooth or damaged dental implant. It is better to consult with your dentist about your symptoms before assuming you need an emergency tooth extraction.

If you’ve recently had a tooth extraction, and you continue to bleed several days after the surgery, then you must call an emergency dentist as you can. You are susceptible to infections if your scars will not heal.

Root Canal

Getting a root canal treatment is an effective treatment to save a decaying tooth. It is common to see an emergency dentist to have a root canal. When you have a root canal, you prevent the bacteria from spreading or having your tooth extracted entirely.

Tooth Cusp Damage

The cusp of your tooth is the pointed chewing surface. If these become damaged, then your teeth become susceptible to decay, Pulpitis, or dental abscess. If you damage your cusp, then you must call your emergency dentist ASAP.

Broken/Lost Fillings

If you neglect your broken or lost filling, it can lead to tooth decay or tooth loss. If you damage or lose your filling, call the emergency dentist to get a new filling as quickly as possible to preserve the tooth.

Broken/Lost Crowns or Caps

If your crown or cap has fallen off, then after you thoroughly clean it, you may try to recement it at home until you can see a dentist during regular office hours. However, if you have broken or lost your crown or cap, it is crucial to see an emergency dentist. Without your crown on, your tooth is incredibly vulnerable.

Accessing Emergency Dental Care

St. Peter’s Studio Dental Clinic in Bedford offers both preventative and emergency dental care. If you have experienced any of the above symptoms or dental problems, contact us immediately for your emergency dental needs at 01234 261 881.

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Happy New Year & Lockdown 3.0

Happy new year!

I do sincerely hope that your Christmas and New Years celebrations, however muted this year, have allowed you to remain healthy and safe from in this terrible pandemic.

We had a low-key Christmas meeting at work (see image) which allowed us to share a drink and eat some food and discuss the years successes. This is the only way we can ensure that the treatment we provide for you continues to meet and exceed your expectations which is what we all endeavour to do. Your feedback in this process is vital to us improving the service we provide so please find time to drop us an email on admin@stpetersclinic.com or speak to any member of staff at your next visit. In a small practice like ours, changes can be made almost straight away.

2021 has started with some confusion already with Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday 4th January 2021 with another national lockdown. It may be hard for you to keep up with what we are actually allowed to do. Thankfully all Medical and Dental appointments can carry on as planned. At St Peter’s Studio we will keep well read about what services we are able to provide and we will keep you informed every step of the way.

As you already know, we have taken several measures to keep you safe. The main things are extra ventilation with air continually forced through the surgeries and air purifiers. We do not often get a chance to talk about the different masks we are wearing to protect both you and us but please take a minute to question us about the Coronavirus protocols. It really makes us happy to talk about the new way of working at St Peter’s Studio Dental Clinic.

If you have a medical concern, please speak to the reception team, we are able to give you the first appointments of the day if this should help you to reassure you. We are also able to wear our full protective masks for even a check-up if you request this on your arrival or at the time of booking your appointment.

My main message to you all is preventative advice about diseases that affect the mouth are important in these times. To help prevent tooth decay please reduce the number of times you consume sugar to your mealtimes only. To prevent gum disease please take extra care when toothbrushing and cleaning in between your teeth and toothbrush at least twice a day. Smoking has a detrimental effect on your general health as well as making your gums unhealthy. Never has it been so important to attend for your regular dental appointments. Together we will strive to keeping you all with healthy mouths!

Please be reminded that out of normal surgery hours, the telephone does direct to my mobile and so we are always available to you. Please call if you have a problem on 01234 261881. Alternatively, please text 07516 065413 or 07740 121669.

Please keep well and if you are not able to come in, please keep us updated with what you have been doing. We are here not only to support your dental needs but to help you get through this pandemic. Please let us know if you need a chat or even if you need some groceries to be collected. I hope to see you all soon.

Kind regards
Hema Mistry

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Open And Operating As Normal In Lockdown 2.0

Following Boris Johnson’s national announcement on Saturday 31 October, we are pleased to announce that we are still able to operate more or less as usual.

Most importantly, we are equipped to help patients facing dental difficulties. We are able to fix that broken filling, cement back that crown that has fallen out, and investigate that relentless headache.

Please find peace of mind in knowing that we are always here to help and give you advice, no matter what happens. Our phone line remains open at 01234 261 881. We are currently answering your calls past our normal business hours to ensure you receive the care you need.

Simplifying Boris Johnsons’ Message

We assure you that attending your dental appointments safely falls within the government guidelines, even if it is simply for a check-up or hygiene visit. Your healthcare is considered a necessary service, and all patients have been encouraged to carry out their routine dental appointments.

At St. Peter’s Studio Dental Clinic, we pride ourselves in keeping abreast with all of the latest changes in the protocol relating to the Coronavirus and dentistry. We endeavour to keep you informed every step of the way.

Why It’s Important To Not Postpone Or Cancel Dental Checkups

Throughout the pandemic, we have been shocked by the effects of delayed dental check-ups.

For example, we have been noticing cavities much later than we normally would have. Further, changes in patients’ habits, such as increased sugar and alcohol intake and relaxed dental hygiene, have proven detrimental to the mouth.

Our job moving forward is to get you motivated, educated and back on-track at your next appointment.

We take this responsibility very seriously. In addition to oral cancer screenings, checking your jaw joints and looking at your teeth and gum condition, dental screenings and routine check-ups have become more important than ever to spot certain illnesses in their early stages.

Further, if you are suffering from other medical conditions unrelated to dentistry, we may be able to help you be seen by the appropriate medical practitioner.

You Are In Safe Hands

We are delighted to share the news that we have now been open to a vast range of dental treatments since the end of May.

You may have already seen us in varying states of dress with our multiple PPE dress codes. We’ve worked in full-fledged ‘space suits’, blue ‘smurf outfits’ with full-face ventilators, to just a mask and visor.

If you’ve yet to see us in this attire in the surgery yet but would like a laugh, there have been many images posted in our media marketing messages! In fact, we pride ourselves in creating our own marketing and video messaging as it establishes our authenticity in our messages to you. We are always looking for fresh feedback on our messaging and operations and would love you talk to you about any ideas you may have.

How We’ve Changed the Way We Operate to Keep You Safer

The transition period during the first lockdown allowed us to prepare for how we will operate moving into this next lockdown.

If you are in need of an emergency appointment but would like a chat over the phone first, we will gladly arrange a call. If you would like to discuss your vulnerability status with regard to the Coronavirus, we can help with this as well.

During this time, please do not feel pressured to come into the office for every question you have. We promise to keep an open line of communication, whether you call us at 01234 261 881, text us at 07516 065 414, or email us at admin@stpetersclinic.com. These options allow you to reach out to us at any time, through any method of communication that best suits you.

Please note that while we are happy to receive texts and emails, these may not be answered until the next business day.

Extended Opening Hours

We have extended our opening hours to ensure we can help more of our patients. We are now working until 8pm every Tuesday, as well as on one Saturday each month.

Throughout this lockdown, our amazing team at St. Peter’s Studio Dental Clinic has provided the flexibility to work these extended hours. Instead of announcing we are fully booked, we now search for schedule solutions that allow us to promptly meet the dental needs of our existing and new patients.

New Appointment Booking Software

Some of you may have noticed that we have changed our software package. Please be reassured that although this software package is supplied to us by Software of Excellence, any information you share on the dental portal comes directly back to St. Peter’s Studio Dental Clinic. We will not share your information with any marketing or outside agencies.

The information you provide through this system will enable us to spend less time with paperwork and more time focused on your needs during your appointment.

For the meanwhile, please stay safe, and I will see you all soon.

Best wishes,
Dr. Hema Mistry