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Oral Health Care

Caring for Your Smile

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water and foods in varying amounts. The amount in your water depends on where you live. Fluoride can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. In our area the amount of fluoride in our water is very low and not enough to have any benefit to our teeth.

Fluoride containing toothpaste is the way most of us benefit from its properties. Applications of fluoride gels or varnishes can also be of benefit for certain people, speak to your dentist about this first.

Brushing your teeth with a fluoride containing tooth paste twice a day for 2 minutes will gain you many of of the benefits of fluoride. Children especially can benefit.

  • Children up to three years of age should use toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1,000ppm (parts per million).
  • After three years of age, they should use toothpaste with a fluoride level of 1,350-1,500ppm. The level of fluoride can be found on the pack.
  • Children should be supervised when brushing their teeth until they are about seven years of age.
  • The amount of toothpaste that your child uses is important. Up to the age of three, a smear of toothpaste is sufficient, and between three and six years of age a pea-sized amount is recommended.
  • Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out after brushing their teeth rather than swallowing it.

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See our video page to see the video on how to brush your teeth properly.

COVID-19 UPDATE - November 2020

Despite the latest lockdown we are still open.

Due to social distancing requirements and enhanced infection control procedures we are having to run the practice at a reduced capacity then we would do normally.

Opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Mon-Thurs and 9.00 to 4.00pm Fridays.

Whilst we are doing check ups and routine dentistry we have long waiting times for appointments.

We also run a telephone emergency service during normal working hours. Out of hours advice is available via NHS Direct on 111.

Click here for information on how to deal with dental emergencies at home.

Due to our reduced capacity we are unable to take on new NHS patients but can provide emergency advice and care if appropriate. 

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