The key to keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy is to prevent plaque from building up so, if your toothbrush is past its best, or you’re thinking of switching from a regular toothbrush to an electric one, we can help you choose the best brush for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. With so many shapes, sizes and styles available choosing the right toothbrush can seem confusing, do you go for electric or normal? Do you go for a soft, medium or hard bristle brush? So to help you out we have come up with some handy tips on what to look for when selecting the perfect brush for you.
1. Soft, Medium or Hard? Most dental professionals will agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth, and a soft bristle brush will not cause irritation of your gums as a harder bristle brush could do. So we advise that you stick to a soft brush in less your dentist has advised you otherwise.
2. Small or Big? It’s also important to think about the size of the head of your brush. A big headed brush won’t allow you to get to those hard-to-reach places so we recommend that you use a small head which will allow you to get to give your whole mouth a better clean.
3. What type of handle? As for the type of handle, go for whatever suits you. Everyone holds objects differently and you need to be able to grip your brush comfortably. Most brushes whether manual or electric will have some form of non-slip grips on them to help with handling but remember that some electric toothbrushes can be rather large and heavy so before you buy just do a bit of research on-line where you can find out the specifications of all electric toothbrushes including their weight and size.
4. Manual or electric? This really is a personal choice although bear in mind that an electric toothbrush can do a better job of removing plaque and giving your teeth a better clean. An electric toothbrush is also a great idea for those who maybe find it difficult to brush their teeth through mobility issues and lack of dexterity.
5. How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush? You should replace your toothbrush or head if you have an electric toothbrush, when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to re-infection.
If you have an questions or queries regarding your toothbrush or your dental routine then contact your dentist for more information.


Part one of our two part guide on how to prevent tooth decay and cavities to keep your teeth looking healthy, starts with a guide on how to keep your teeth clean. Now we know this may seem like an obvious and simple task but it’s one that is not always done correctly. The question is are you doing it right?…well keep on reading and find out!

The bacteria in your mouth (living in dental plaque) use the sugar in your food to rot your teeth. Children’s teeth are softer than Adult teeth which makes them more prone to tooth decay. Holes in anyone’s teeth are not a good thing and these will often lead to pain and abscesses. If you brush your teeth correctly and regularly you can destroy the bacteria and prevent any problems.

Your aim: Brush all teeth for 2 x Minutes, twice a day with the correct toothpaste.


Brush the inside, outside and tops of all teeth on the top and bottom.

Proper Brushing takes 2 minutes! Think you already do it for 2 minutes? Time   yourself it’s  longer than you think. 

Brush your teeth twice a day, once before you go to bed and again when you      wake up or at some point during the day.

After brushing spit our the excess toothpaste but DO NOT Rinse! This is a common mistake, but when you rinse you are removing all the goodness from the toothpaste.  



Toothpaste contains fluoride, which strengthens teeth and can even repair  early  tooth decay. Everyone in the family should be using an adult strength toothpaste.Your toothpaste should contain at least 0.27%  or 1,350 ppm fluoride. If you are unsure check the packaging of your toothpaste or consult your dentist.

Although Children should use an adult strength toothpaste they should not use as much as adults.

0-3 years old= a smear of toothpaste is advised.

3-6 years old= a pea sized amount of toothpaste (as seen in the picture ).

7+ years old= a full size adult amount of toothpaste.






A knife is an essential part of a chefs armoury and I would have thought if a chef was buying a new set of quality knives he might be a little excited. My drills are my equivalent of a chefs knives and I have just bought a new set and I am very excited in a dentist, gadget, geeky way. These new handpieces are made in Austria by a firm called W&H.

The drills spin at 650,000 rpm. They have ceramic bearings and need their own maintenance oiling device which is also a gadget freaks dream! These handpieces are air powered with no electrical supply but they have an LED light on their working head so it is like working with headlights on the drill head.


The really clever bit is a tiny device which sits on the airline just before the drill. This is an air powered dynamo which generates enough power to light the LED. It took 7 seven years of development to bring it to market.

This joins the other cutting edge equipment I use to look after and fix peoples teeth. We will give you the confidence to smile using 21st century equipment and techniques but with old fashioned values of courtesy and customer care.

To book an appointment please call us at St Stephens Dental Practice on 01227 452668 or go to

St Stephens Dental Practice where we will give you the confidence to smile.