The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Teeth

1. When Do I Do It?

We’re usually told to brush our teeth once in the morning, and once at night before going to bed. However, experts recommend that you brush three times a day – an hour after every meal each time – to minimize any bacteria from food. Brushing too soon after a meal can cause enamel erosion, which is why an hour later is best. For this reason, too, dentists advise that you should brush your teeth before you have breakfast and not after.

2. How Do I Do It?

Think of your mouth in quarters. Your top left teeth, top right teeth, bottom left teeth and bottom right teeth. Focus on each area separately, moving from the front to back of your mouth. The front surface of your teeth should be your first focus, then the back, then the tops – i.e. the surfaces you use to chew. To freshen your breath, it’s also recommended that you brush your tongue!

3. What Do I Use?

Electric toothbrushes are definitely best, as they are designed to brush at the correct pace and pressure and to meet the teeth at the correct angle. Some even have inbuilt timers to make sure you brush for the correct amount of time, and many feature varying movements and settings for deep-cleaning or sensitivity. It’s best to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months at the very least, and store it somewhere clean, standing up, but not in a container as they breed bacteria. Always rinse your toothbrush with hot water after brushing, as this helps to kill bacteria and prevent them from multiplying before you next brush.

4. What About Toothpaste?

The best toothpaste for preventing cavities and other forms of tooth decay is a fluoridated toothpaste, also known as an antimicrobial paste. This kind helps to strengthen the enamel and repair any minor signs of tooth decay. Be sure not to swallow it, as this can lead to fluorosis (white spots on the teeth!). Use half your typical amount of past on your top teeth, then add the other half to brush your bottom ones, rinsing in-between. You should also use mouthwash to further reduce plaque and bacteria, care for your gums and kill gingivitis, and you should always floss!

For further information, you can visit Oasis Dental today!

2018-03-26T15:57:21+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , , |

Finding the Perfect Cosmetic Dentist in Marbella – What to Look For

1. Hear Say

Chat to your friends and take a look online to see what other peoples’ experiences have been like, and who they’d really recommend (or advise you to steer clear from!) You need to be completely at ease when you visit your cosmetic dentist, so review sites and online locations where you’d typically find write-ups of companies and services such as Google and Facebook really are invaluable.

2. Specialism

You know you’re in good hands once you discover that the dentist you’re scoping out is the most qualified in the country when it comes to your chosen procedure. Take the time to look into the educational history of the specialists you’re considering, as you might just be pleasantly surprised at what you find (see some of our work here). Naturally, all licensed cosmetic dentists are specialists, and highly skilled at what they do, but it does wonders for your peace of mind if you’re dealing with a real front runner.

3. Location

The importance of your clinic’s physical location really depends on the type of treatment you’re booking in for. If you’re going in for something comparatively major, it may soothe your nerves to get the journey over and done with as soon as possible. Also, if you’re likely to need anaesthetic for your procedure, you might feel rather drowsy afterwards, so being near home would be quite a bonus. In the end, it all depends on your own preferences, but be sure to take this element into consideration!

4. Rapport

It’s really important that you meet your potential new dentist before confirming that you’re completely happy with your choice. It’s important to talk about your chosen procedure with the specialist that you’re considering, whether that is something as simple as teeth whitening or as large as veneers. But it’s also vital to check that you feel completely at home and safe in their hands and in the environment of their clinic.

Never settle for a dentist simply because you want to avoid the stress of looking any further. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and happy with your eventual choice, so if it needs to take a little longer, just let it happen! If you would like to talk to a specialist at Oasis Dental about any of the above issues, all you need to do is call +34 952 83 74 42 and our friendly team will be very happy to assist you.

2018-03-26T14:59:49+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , , |

Is too much orange juice bad for your teeth?

With our modern day diet, dentists are now becoming increasingly concerned about a condition known as pathological tooth wear. Although the condition can be caused by multiple factors, one of the main contributing sources is acid in the diet. Many foods and drinks we consume contain high levels of acid. It can be present in the form of vinagarette dressings, wine and of course fresh citrus juices.

The acids can actually attack the enamel (outer structure) of your tooth and cause it to dissolve away over a period of time (erosive wear).

Wear is considered pathological when the wear is occurring at such a rate that the appearance and function is significantly affected and symptoms such as acute sensitivity occur. In a well-known study ten years ago, an estimated 5–7% of 1,007 adults studied had toothwear that could justify treatment.

Like everything the key is moderation so you might want to cut back on the volume and frequency of orange juice you are consuming. In addition, there are several things you can do to reduce the effect that the acid has on your teeth:

  • Never brush your teeth immediately after drinking citrus juice. Allow at least half an hour so your saliva can neutralise some of the effect and remineralize the surface at least partially prior to then physically scrubbing the softened enamel.
  • Try never to have citrus juices just before bedtime as your saliva levels at night will be lower and therefore have less protective effect
  • Try to drink through a straw. This minimises the actual contact of the juice with the teeth
  • Try to drink juice chilled. At lower temperatures, the acidic effects are less pronounced and therefore will do less damage

At Oasis Dental, we know that it is important to your dentist regularly so he/she can monitor your teeth and identify wear and the progression of wear over time. They can provide you with further individual appropriate advice should this pathological wear continue and become a bigger problem for you.

2018-03-26T14:54:17+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , |

Does your smile make a great first impression?

One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. A beautiful, healthy smile can make you appear more confident, successful and can even make you look years younger – that’s why our smile makeovers are so popular!

These days we are all concerned about our appearance and it is not enough to have teeth and gums which are disease free. We want to make a great first impression and be proud of our smiles; to not have unsightly gaps between teeth or to have old grey silver fillings showing. Do you think you would be less embarrassed to smile if your teeth were whiter or straighter?

Stained or discoloured teeth can often be made at least one shade whiter by simply having a thorough professional cleaning and polishing. Of course, this treatment is not purely aesthetic as it also improves the health of your gums and supporting tissues so you can keep your teeth for life. If you want a more dramatic change in colour, then teeth whitening treatments are available. Take home kits are designed for use in the comfort of your own home from as little as 30 minutes a day for 5 days. In addition, for an even more rapid result, we do the Zoom in-house whitening which can have your teeth dazzling in just over an hour!

If you wish to change the shape or form of teeth, then it may be possible to do veneers to correct any unevenness in your smile. This very predictable treatment option allows us to use thin fingernails of porcelain to overlay the teeth and create symmetry and harmony in the smile zone. The current ceramic materials have improved tremendously allowing light to pass through easily to mimic natural tooth shading and characteristics.

Advances in dental technology, materials and techniques now mean that you have a large choice of options available to you in order to achieve your dream smile. Come and tell us what you want your smile to look like and we will listen and advise you on the best options for you.

2018-03-26T14:39:36+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , |