Making tooth brushing fun for families
This children’s dentistry app is supported by the NHS and Paediatric Dentistry:
“Brush DJ plays two minutes of your music so you brush your teeth for the right amount of time. The app has short videos on how to brush your teeth and how to clean in between them using an interdental brush or floss.”
Visit the link: (free to download)
November 2019 is mouth cancer awareness month. Please visit dentalhealth.org for more information.
Fairfields Nursery and Primary School
This was part of the school’s science week and gave us a further opportunity to fulfil our remit to educate young children in the local community.
Mouth Cancer Month 2018 – Mouth Cancer Awareness
New Denture Care Guidelines – Oral Health Foundation
Summary of guidelines
The guidelines are supported by best evidence and based on consensus from key international experts.
Four key steps to optimal denture care, summarised in the above graphic and available in full here, were concluded:
- Daily cleaning of the dentures using mechanical action – brushing with a toothbrush or denture brush and an effective, non-abrasive denture cleanser (no dentifrice).
- Daily soaking in a denture-cleansing solution – this seems to deliver extra chemical breakdown of the remaining plaque and some level of disinfection of the denture. Denture-cleansing solutions should only be used outside the mouth, and denture wearers should strictly follow the manufacturers’ guidelines.
- Denture wearers should not keep their dentures in the mouth overnight, unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in. This guideline is even more important for people at a higher risk of developing stomatitis and for frail or institutionalised older people. Soaking in a denture cleanser solution after mechanical cleaning seems to be beneficial for preventing denture stomatitis and the potential risk of pneumonia events in these groups of people.
- All patients who wear removable dentures should be enrolled into a regular recall and maintenance programme with their dental professional.
It’s National Smile Month!
In 2018, National Smile Month will take place between 14 May and 14 June.
A smile might be a small gesture, yet it can have a remarkable effect on our state of mind, as well as the emotional welfare of others.
Click here to visit the National Smile Month website!
Preventing Tooth Decay – Infographic
Tooth Decay in England – Infographic