Dental Mythbuster

Myths and Facts

This post is going to challenge some of the common myths around dental health that are actually incorrect, some of them may surprise you!

Mouthwash is essential for a health mouth – It is essential to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean in between the spaces of your teeth with floss or interdental brushes to prevent decay and dental caries. After brushing your teeth, it is recommended that you spit the excess toothpaste out but do not rinse the remaining toothpaste away as there are high levels of fluoride in the toothpaste which helps to protect the teeth. Mouthwash contains much lower levels of fluoride than toothpaste and some brands do not contain any, by rinsing with mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth you are washing away the benefits of the toothpaste. Whilst mouthwash can help to freshen your breath it should only be used as an added extra to your oral hygiene routine at a separate time to brushing and flossing.

Flossing is harmful for the gums because it makes them bleed –  If you haven’t flossed in between your teeth before or if you have left it a while there is a high chance that harmful bacteria has built up in between your teeth. This can cause your gums to become inflamed making them more prone to bleeding when disturbed. So when you first start flossing you may notice a small amount of bleeding in the area caused by this inflammation. Your dentist or hygienist will show you the correct technique to use to ensure you do not cause any damage when flossing. A small amount of bleeding for the first few days is normal but if you stick with it every day the inflammation will start to reduce resulting in no bleeding. This is because you are removing the harmful bacteria regularly and the gums are no longer inflamed so keep flossing!

I should only visit the dentist if I am in pain – When a tooth becomes painful there is a high chance that something is wrong and you are likely to need a lot of treatment to fix the problem. Regular visits to your dentist can actually help to prevent these problems before they occur which in the long term will result in less pain, expense and hassle for you. Long gone are the days when a dentist would just take teeth out if they were a problem, dental teams are now highly trained to teach you how to keep your teeth healthy. Your dentist will tell you how regularly you should be seeing them for a check up which is much more convenient than waiting until you are in pain.

 If I have toothache I will need antibiotics – There are a number of causes for toothache, antibiotics are only helpful if a tooth has a bacterial infection which a dentist can often determine by taking an x-ray of the painful area. Antibiotics are only prescribed when they are really necessary as we are becoming more aware of ‘antibiotic resistance’ worldwide and the whole medical community is aware that antibiotics should only be prescribed when they are essential.

Why do I need to see a hygienist?


Oral hygienists are trained in preventative oral care, with their focus on ensuring you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. In the United Kingdom the number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Gum disease can be exacerbated by many factors, but the primary cause is the presence of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria which stick to the teeth and irritate the gums. It is essential this bacterium is removed for a healthy smile. A hygienist will remove the plaque build-up for you and help you to continue a good oral hygiene routine at home by recommending different toothbrushes and interdental cleaning products.

Top tips to help your child cope with wearing braces in Colchester

Fixed teeth straightening devices remain a highly effective dental treatment method to correct teeth and jaw issues including crooked teeth and bad bites. However they can be no fun to wear, especially for children. Even though many developments have been made to make these instruments comfortable, it is still an adjustment for anyone having to wear them. Fortunately there are tips parents can implement to help a child adjust to the sensation of having wires and brackets in their mouth. For parents with children having to wear braces in Colchester, Hello Dental has trained orthodontists to recommend appropriate cleaning techniques and suitable products to use that help to minimise the disruption to daily routines when adjusting to wearing teeth straightening devices.

Braces in Colchester3 Ways to ease the transition to wearing teeth straightening devices for children

  1. Encourage your child to follow the orthodontist’s instructions on what to eat

Protecting the wires and brackets is a top priority to ensure the treatment process remains on track. This means that parents have to ensure that their child sticks to the food (what is acceptable and what is not) recommended by the dental practitioner. Having to give up foods they are used to or like is a major change to implement for a child. Another change brought on by fixed teeth correcting devices is the need to cut up foods such as apples and carrots into bite-sized pieces before eating them to make them more manageable to eat.

Parents can play their part by making sure the child is provided with foods that are easy to eat. Have wires become damaged or brackets loosened? These can be repaired by a dental practitioner offering treatment in braces in Colchester.

  1. Supervise the cleaning routine

Teeth straightening devices that feature wires and brackets can be quite tricky to clean and require more effort from adults, let alone children. This may demotivate and distract the child from being thorough with their oral health routine. Having a choice, what child would not want to  sleep later in the morning rather than have to wake up a bit earlier to ensure the teeth, gums,  wires and brackets in their mouth are scrupulously clean?

A useful trick for parents is to keep on encouraging the child to practise this cleaning process until it becomes a habit. The behaviour then becomes natural and the child is less likely to forget or forego the cleaning routine. Until the habit is formed, parents will have to supervise their child during the cleaning teeth process to ensure the child is using the toothbrush correctly as instructed by the orthodontist. A good tip to make things a little easier is to buy an electric toothbrush which makes keeping teeth clean much easier.

  1. Encourage them to share their concerns

Children may be very self-conscious about metal brackets and wires in their mouths which are very noticeable. They may face teasing and bullying from other children. Parents should talk to their child and encourage them to share their feelings of embarrassment or dread of being made fun of. Listening to the child’s concerns and not dismissing their feelings plays a critical role in this process. In addition to this, parents should encourage the child to continue to take part in those extracurricular pursuits that give them joy.

In order to help a child stick to their orthodontic treatment plan and see desired results, parents have to find ways to make life for the child a little easier. Should you have any concerns or need extra advice on what to do to help the adjustment process, speak to one of our dental practitioners at Hello Dental. Schedule an appointment today.

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National Smile Month

National Smile Month

The 13th of May marks the start of National Smile Month, this is the largest and longest running national campaign to promote messages surrounding good oral health for people of all ages. It is very well known that poor oral health can increase the likeliness of suffering with general health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, dementia and pregnancy complications so it is more important that ever to get behind the campaign and any events that may be running in your area.

The campaign highlights three key messages:

  1. Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.

When we go to bed the saliva levels in our mouth drop significantly, this puts our teeth more at risk of decay as bacteria left in our mouth can multiply and start the process of decay, this is why it is so important to remove the bacteria before we go to sleep by toothbrushing and interdental cleaning. Using a fluoride toothpaste can add extra protection to the teeth as fluoride helps to prevent decay, the best way to use fluoride toothpaste is to brush for 2 minutes, spit the excess in the sink but avoid rinsing the toothpaste away with water. It is also best to avoid a mouthwash straight after brushing as mouthwash does not contain as much fluoride as the toothpaste.

  1. Cut down on how much sugary food and drink you have, and how often you have them.

Consuming sugary food and drinks frequently throughout the day puts our teeth at a very high risk of decay. If you are going to have a sugary snack or drink it is best to limit it to mealtimes and stick to healthier alternatives as snacks.

  1. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

It is best to visit your dentist regularly rather than only if you are experiencing problems. Your dentist can prevent and help to identify problems early before they become too troublesome or costly.

Imagine having lovely straight teeth

Wouldn’t it be great to look into the mirror and see a set of pearly whites that line up correctly? No twists, no leans, no teeth that couldn’t quite be bothered to come all the way out of the gum? Imagine seeing that image for the rest of your life instead of the jumbled mess you try not to look too hard at every time you brush your teeth.

Braces in ColchesterWell, that line-up of loveliness could be your teeth in just a few short months when you get braces in Colchester from us at Hello Dental, where we provide gentle care with advanced technology.

At Hello Dental, we have 2 great modern devices to straighten out mild to moderate misalignments. They are called Fastbraces and ClearCorrect. These are braces in Colchester that use innovative technology to realign your teeth.


You’d think with a name like Fastbraces, this device must somehow straighten out your teeth more quickly than traditional bracket and wire braces, and you’d be right.

Fastbraces can realign your teeth in just 3-12 months. Traditional bracket and wire braces straighten the crowns of your teeth first and then pull the roots into position. Fastbraces completes both stages at once, moving the roots as well as the crowns from the first day of treatment. Because of the way Fastbraces act on the jawbone, it’s also possible to straighten teeth without resorting to extraction.


If you want to get your teeth straightened without having your braces on public display then ClearCorrect clear aligners may be the braces in Colchester for you.

Instead of brackets and wires, you receive a series of what look like very thin, transparent mouthguards. Inside each one is a progression of pressure points that press on the teeth to move them into their correct positions.


Whichever device you use, when you have finished your treatment with braces in Colchester, you will need to wear a retainer for a while. This keeps the teeth in position while the bone and ligament settle down around them.

Why not come in for a free consultation? Call us now for an appointment.

What is gum disease?

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is used to describe a condition affecting the tissues that surround our teeth, the severity of the gum disease can depend on several factors. You may notice that something is not quite right with your gums if you experience bleeding after brushing your teeth, if this goes on for a while it is recommended that you see you visit your Dentist as soon as you can, and they will be able to find out what is going on. Bleeding gums is often a sign of inflammation caused by the bacteria present in plaque (the white/yellow stuff that builds up on our teeth). To reduce this inflammation, you will need to regularly remove the plaque from the teeth, including in between the teeth, this can be done with a good toothbrushing technique at least twice a day and interdental cleaning once a day (cleaning between the teeth), mouthwash is not an effective replacement for cleaning in between the teeth.

You may also need a visit to a Dental Hygienist to remove any hard deposits which will allow you to clean properly at home, the Hygienist will also give you tailored instructions on what to use and demonstrate exactly how to use it.

Not all gum disease is curable, but it is always manageable with advice and treatment from your dental team. The type and severity of gum disease is often determined by factors such as family history, medical history, smoking, diet and alcohol.

Hidden Sugars

What are hidden sugars?

When sugar is consumed too frequently, we can develop holes in our teeth known as tooth decay or dental caries. We all know that sweets and fizzy drinks are full of sugar, however hidden sugars are in foods and drinks that we don’t normally associate with being sugary.

Hidden SugarsFruit is a great example as it contains naturally occurring sugars, these sugars break down in our stomach and therefore the affect on the teeth is small. However, when fruits are dried or made into juices and smoothies the natural sugar becomes more harmful to the teeth as it is broken down in the mouth. Dried fruits such as raisins can be particularly harmful as they are also sticky and can stick to our teeth for long periods of time.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid all dried fruits, fruit juices or smoothies as they are still a healthy option, it just means this it is best to have these at a mealtime rather than grazing on them throughout the day. The best way to look out for hidden sugars is to check the ingredients on the packaging of a product and look out for any words ending in ‘ose’ and you will be surprised at what you find! Try to stick to neutral foods in between mealtimes such as low fat cheese, pitta bread, hummus, carrot stick, celery, plain rice cakes and plain bread sticks and restrict the sugary snacks and drinks to mealtimes.

Using a fluoride toothpaste can also help to protect the teeth against decay, after brushing it is important to spit the toothpaste out but not rinse it away completely with water. The fluoride works best if it is left to soak into the tooth surface. Fluoride mouthwash can have its benefits, but it does not contain as much fluoride as toothpaste therefore it is only beneficial to use it at a completely separate time to toothbrushing. Also ensure your mouthwash is alcohol free as alcohol has been found to cause slightly changes to the skin in them mouth which can be associated with cancer.

Great reasons to check out braces in Colchester

Having a straight smile not only looks good, it is better for your teeth and helps them to last longer.

People don’t always appreciate that having treatment with braces in Colchester makes them easier to keep clean in the long-run, and therefore less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. When the teeth are lined up correctly, it is so much easier to clean around each one with your brush and dental floss.

Braces in ColchesterBraces in Colchester also get the teeth to act better as a team. They bear the forces of chewing and biting as a unified whole rather than just one or two taking the brunt of the pressure, and perhaps crumbling away because of it after a few decades of chewing.

Here at Hello Dental, we can straighten your teeth with fixed bracket and wire Fastbraces or with clear aligners from ClearCorrect.


Fastbraces are bracket and wire braces but with a difference. They have a revolutionary design that means they can straighten your teeth more quickly, in just 3-12 months. The difference with Fastbraces is that they move the root of the tooth at the same time as the crown. Other fixed braces move the crown first and then the root.


These are great if you don’t want people to know you are wearing tooth straighteners. ClearCorrect uses clear aligner technology instead of brackets and wires. You get a series of very thin, clear plastic aligners that, like mouth guards, go over your teeth. Each aligner has carefully placed pressure points inside it that press on your teeth to move. It takes about a fortnight for each aligner to do its work and then you move onto the next one.

One of the big advantages of ClearCorrect aligners, apart from being virtually unnoticeable, is that you take them out for eating and cleaning. People find these aligners can therefore be a lot less hassle than fixed bracket and wire braces. Aligners aren’t suitable for every kind of misalignment though. Undescended teeth, for example, can’t be corrected with aligners.

Why not book a free consultation with us to find out which braces system is right for you?

Taking care of your denture

dentureHere at Hello Dental, Colchester we have many patients who wear a denture. We often get asked how best to look after them. It is important to regularly visit your dentist if you are a denture wearer, even if you have none of your own teeth, your dentist will check the fit of the denture and examine your soft tissues for any abnormalities. Dentures can be fragile so its always best to take care when removing them. If you have a full denture you should gently brush your gums with a soft toothbrush and water and if you have a partial denture you should clean the remaining teeth with your usual toothbrush and toothpaste. When it comes to brushing your denture, you should use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft nylon denture brush to remove any remaining residue. Dissolve a suitable cleanser in a glass of water and soak your denture. Uses a cleanser can remove stain, kills bacteria and keeps them clean. Before placing your denture back in your mouth, be sure to rinse with water first. Some patients choose to use a denture adhesive to ensure their denture doesn’t move whilst eating or speaking. The benefits of an adhesive include the increased hold of your dentures, provides a seal to prevent food packing underneath and enable the wearer to feel confident in social situations. One of the questions we often get asked is how do I remove denture adhesive from my palate? The simple answer is with a toothbrush, gentle massage the palate with a wet toothbrush to remove the adhesive. If you find it is still present, you can use a mouthwash to try and dislodge the adhesive further.