General Advice for Adults
To promote good oral health these are the key messages:
Toothbrushing: clean the teeth thoroughly twice every day with a family fluoride toothpaste.
Effective daily toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste is the best way of preventing both tooth decay and gum disease.
Thorough brushing of the teeth and the gums twice every day is of more value than more frequent hurried brushing.
A small headed soft -to -medium texture toothbrush should be used. Effective toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste will only help control decay provided that the diet is also favorable
Other methods, such as floss and special brushes are best used after they have been demonstrated by the dental team.
Diet: reduce the amount, and the number of times you have drinks and foods containing sugar each day.
Both are important in determining the rate of tooth decay. When you have sugar, it should be part of a meal rather than between meals. Snacks and drinks should be free of added sugar, whenever possible. The frequent drinking of acidic drinks (such as fruit juices, squashes or fizzy drinks) should also be avoided to help prevent dental erosion.
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Dental attendance: have a mouth examination at least once every year.
Adults, irrespective of age and dental condition, and if they have teeth or not should have a dental examination on a routine basis.
Those at greater risk from disease, including smokers, may need to be seen more frequently. This is so that it can be detected early and treated.
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Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk. You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these also carry risks.
If you’re thinking about having your teeth whitened, please read the General Dental Councils leaflet on tooth whitening and speak to your dentist.
Their is also a frequently asked questions section which provides more information
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Babies and Children
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Urgent Dental Treatment
If you have a dentist: Contact that practice directly for advice. If the practice is closed an answering machine message will provide details of how to access treatment urgent care.
If you do not have a dentist: Those who do not have a regular dentist that they routinely visit there is a dedicated urgent dental service in Walsall. The Dental Access Centre will try and see people with dental pain or swelling as soon as possible, normally on the same day and provides urgent dental treatment only.
The Dental Access Centre based at Blakenall Village Centre, Bloxwich WS3 1LZ operates an urgent dental service including the weekend and bank holidays (this includes Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years Day). The standard NHS emergency fee of £18.80 applies unless you are entitled to free NHS dental treatment.
For urgent weekday dental problems please telephone 01922 44 37 50 (08:45am- 4:30pm)
For urgent weekend and bank holiday dental problems please telephone 07976 246 404 (08:30am – 12:00pm)
For more information on dental emergencies and out of hours care please call NHS 111 or visit NHS Choices.
Last Updated on: 18/07/2016