Achieve your best smile through smile makeovers in Essex

Let Essex flourish

smile-makeovers-essexHere at Crofts Dental Practice, we feel that we recognise the importance of presenting a healthy aesthetically pleasing image. More and more, across all age and social demographics, there has been an increased focus on aesthetics and what we present to the world through social media platforms. Never before has there been such an increase in the number of new patients seeking out smile makeovers in Essex to address a number of superficial issues and concerns patients have with their smiles and maximise the overall aesthetic appeal that their smiles have.

Cosmetic guidance

Often, a large percentage of us wish we could boost the overall aesthetics of our smiles, but are left in the dark about how to go about doing so. We are all aware that there are a sea of cosmetic dentistry options out there, but we are unsure as to which are best suited to our specific needs and requirements. As such, it is for this reason that many are seeking out smile makeovers in Essex through our cosmetic dentistry specialist. These are one-to-one consultation and guidance sessions with one of our cosmetic dentistry experts, which are established to gauge each patient’s unique needs and expectations from our services and explain each procedure we offer and how best it may be used to meet the patient’s goals and provide them with the smile they deserve.

Crafting your smile

The consultation is just the first step for those seeking out smile makeovers in Essex, and is done to familiarise the patient with the procedures that are available and determine their needs and how best to meet them. This consultation is entirely free and without commitment, but thereafter – if the patient wishes to continue seeking smile makeovers in Essex – X-rays and photographs may be taken to allow our cosmetic dentistry specialists to get a better knowledge of the patient’s teeth. From these X-rays and photographs, a detailed, bespoke, tailored treatment plan will then be drawn up and on knowing the course of treatment which the patient wishes to take, the cosmetic specialist may begin treatment immediately.

Getting beneath the surface

One of the most sought after forms of cosmetic dentistry which we provide here at Crofts Dental Practice is cosmetic tooth whitening. This is a process which is popular across all age and social demographics and aims to eradicate any superficial discolouration or stains on your teeth and leave you with a fresher, whiter smile. Over time, the natural enamel – outermost layer of tooth – can become dull or discoloured. This can often have a negative impact on the self-esteem of many, and cause them to turn to cosmetic dentistry. Also, certain lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking red wine or black coffee or taking certain medications can speed up the discolouration of tooth enamel and cause superficial staining. Cosmetic tooth whitening however, uses a peroxide-based whitening gel to rid teeth of these stains and return them to their natural whiteness. This is done by applying a small amount of whitening gel to the insides of a custom-moulded retainer of the patient’s teeth. When worn, the whitening agent within the gel cleans the enamel of the patient’s teeth and results in them having a far whiter and healthier looking, renewed smile in a matter of hours.

Rooting out the importance of healthy gums in Essex

Barriers of protection

healthy-gums-essexHere at Crofts Dental Practice, we often feel that our gums aren’t given enough credit. Whilst a set of pearly white teeth may be impressive, and a desirable trait for many, the truth is that without a healthy set of healthy gums in Essex, a smile is only good at face value. Our gums are vital for strong, healthy and long-lasting teeth, and act as a protective barrier and seal around your teeth to keep out food and plaque build-ups. Natural, healthy gum tissue is a coral shade of pink – or naturally darker depending on your skin pigment. However, if plaque builds up around your gums due to poor oral hygiene, it may lead to gums becoming red or inflamed and blood appearing during brushing or flossing.

Identifying onset gingivitis

Here at Crofts Dental Practice, we believe in doing all we can to ensure our patients maintain healthy gums in Essex, and believe that a critical aspect of doing so is in educating them on addressing the onset issues of gum disease and other indicators that they must boost or alter their dental hygiene routines. If you notice blood when brushing your teeth or flossing, it is typically the first indicator of something known as gingivitis. Another early indicator of gingivitis is constant bad breath. Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque or tartar around the patient’s gums which causes them to become red, puffy or inflamed. If it is recognised early by one of our trained, professional dental hygienists here at Crofts Dental, then the appropriate measures can be taken to restore healthy gums in Essex.

Understanding the risks of periodontitis

However, if gingivitis is ignored or left untreated, it can often develop into periodontitis – or ‘gum disease’. This is a far more serious issue, which is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults across the world. The name ‘periodontitis’ translates to ‘inflammation of the area around the tooth’ and is caused by bacteria forming around the gum of the patient which goads their immune system to emit toxins, this then causes the gums to become inflamed. If periodontitis is left untreated, this inflammation and infection can often spread to the root of the tooth and result in the entire tooth being infected and often having to be removed. Additionally, a link has been found between untreated periodontitis and other health issues such as heart disease.

Keeping your gums healthy

Thankfully however, periodontitis can generally be avoided with good oral hygiene and regular brushing. Medicated mouthwashes and care and attention when brushing and flossing are the most commonly recommended tips to avoid plaque build-ups which could cause gum disease. However, we may also recommend you undertake a ‘scale and polish’ service from our expert dental hygienists. This is a preventive dental process which eradicates any build-up of plaque or tartar on your teeth, as well as any superficial stains – leaving them cleaner and healthier and thus minimising the risk of gingivitis developing. The scale and polish service we offer here at Crofts Dental Practice is not a purely cosmetic treatment such as tooth whitening, but rather one which aims to maximise the patient’s oral health, although they may find their teeth to feel far cleaner and appear healthier as a result of this treatment.

Brightening things up on white fillings in Essex

Service with a smile

white-fillings-essexHere at Crofts Dental Practice, we are more than your average dental practice. It is our philosophy that, just as no two sets of teeth are identical, no two sets of treatments should be the same either. Rather, we make our goal to provide each of our patients with a bespoke dental service which is moulded around their specific needs and requirements. Whether the most complicated of dental procedures is required, or just a smile check-up, we take the time to get to familiarise ourselves with the needs of each of our individual, unique patients and provide them with a dental service which is second-to-none. We provide an entire range of dentistry options to our patients, which include cosmetic solutions such as white fillings in Essex to ensure that they achieve the smile they deserve. We’ve found that, by connecting with our patients on a personal, human basis, the barriers between patient and practitioner are re-established and a far more mutually advantageous relationship can come to pass, rather than simply opting for the one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry which has sadly become all too common in numerous practices across the county.

Seamless smiles

One of the most popular methods of cosmetic dentistry, across all age demographics, which we offer here at Crofts Dental Practice, is the installation of white fillings in Essex . These are used in instances where a patient’s tooth has become decayed or eroded – through poor oral hygiene or accident – and acts as a filling to restore the cohesiveness of their smile and the strength of their teeth. Generally, dental fillings are constructed from a metal colored dental filling material, which is used to fill holes within the patient’s teeth. These are effective in restoring the patient’s teeth to their full strength and eradicating the risk of decay spreading, although they are often largely noticeable within their mouths due to their colour. White fillings in Essex however, are a similar process, although a white, tooth-coloured dental filling material is utilised, so that the filling becomes practically invisible within the patient’s mouth. These fillings are specifically color-matched to the patient’s surrounding teeth so that they are virtually undetectable to the untrained eye. Similar to conventional, metal colored fillings, white fillings are constructed from a specialist dental material which is strong enough to withstand the biting force of the patients, and restore their ability to chew properly. However, they uniquely afford patients the ability to smile, without the risk of exposing a metallic glint within their mouths, which in turn can have a largely positive effect on their self-esteem and confidence as they can smile freely and without care – as everyone ought to be able to do. Like all service we provide here at Crofts Dental Practice, it is our belief that prevention is the best course of treatment, and as such when we insal white filling we also take the time to explain to our patient’s various tips and techniques they can employ in the future to avoid any further fillings from needing to be installed.

Shine like the stars

Another, vasly popular method of cosmetic dentistry which we provide here at Crofts Dental Practice, is cosmetic teeth whitening. This treatment’s popularity has grown vastly in recent years across all age demographics, due to the increased focus on having a white, healthy smile which has come about through the rise in social media documentation and what is presented through films, media and television. The process of cosmetic tooth whitening eradicates superficial stains and discoloration of a patient’s teeth through the use of a specialist, peroxide-based whitening gel which is applied directly to the patins teeth. This gel cleans away stains which can come about through certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking red wine, tea or black coffee, or from taking certain medications – and can provide patients with a renewed whiter, brighter smile and the self confidence to match.

Smoothing things over for nervous patients in Essex

More than a smiling face

nervous-patients-essexHere at Crofts Dental Practice, we are more than your average, archetypal dental practice. Where an inumerable, and increasing amount of practices are simply adopting the one-size-fits-all approach to conventional dentistry, whereby the lines between patient and practitioner are divided with clinical, detached, sterilised accuracy and a patient is viewed as one in a chain-link of virtually indistinguishable, identical cases. However, here at Crofts Dental Practice, we adopt a somewhat different stance. It is our philosophy that no two patients are the same – just as no two sets of teeth are identical. As such, we feel that each service we provide ought to be tailored to fit the needs of the individual, rather than the many. Whether patients require the most complicated of procedures, or a simple check up, our professional and approachable staff do all they can to make them feel at ease throughout each step of their unique dental journey. Here at Croft Dental Practice we also specialise in meeting the needs of nervous patients in Essex and are well versed in ensuring their dental experiences are as calm and comfortable as they can possibly be.

Remember to breathe

At Crofts Dental Practice, we understand that, however vital and worthwhile a trip to the dentist may be,  it is not the most anticipated event of the month on a lot of people’s calendar. We also understand that, for some, a trip to the dentist can be the cause of a great deal of anxiety and fear. We are entirely sympathetic and compassionate in this regard, and as such have set up a specialist nervous patients clinic which is specifically devoted to providing dental solutions for nervous patients in Essex with dental-phobia and help them get the dental services they require. A large portion of people throughout the country, across all age demographics, are often deterred from seeking the vitally needed dental work they require out of fear. This fear can span from a number of reasons, which commonly include a fear of needles, a bad past experience within a dentist chair, or the inability to feel numb or not in control. These are just some common reasons, however there are countless others – as well as a great deal of those who do not know the reasoning behind their fear, just that they are truly afraid of the dentists. Whatever the rationale may be, here at Crofts Dental Practice we are fully committed to listening to your needs, and tailoring our service to fit them. We are never judgemental within our approach to nervous patients in Essex , and understand if you have not been to the dentist, out of fear, prior to seeking our services. Each case that involves a nervous patient is entirely unique and specific to the individual. No two cases are the same, and as such each requires that the dental practitioner listen closely to the needs of the patients, and do their utmost to ensure they feel comfortable, relaxed and heard throughout each step of their treatment.

Cooling, calm environments

We understand the triggers which can cause dental anxiety for many include long periods of time spent in waiting rooms, and as such we ensure they are dealt with swiftly to avoid this. We also offer cognitive behavioural therapy to those who require it, which has had a largely positive effect on the experiences of many. We also provide sedation dentistry for those who wish to be sedated throughout their treatment, which is generally done through RA sedation, which involves inhaling an odorless gas which puts patients into a deep sleep to allow the procedures to be carried out painlessly and stress free.

Brighten up your smile with teeth whitening in Essex

As you get older your teeth start to lose their milky white gleam as they fade and become discoloured. There are numerous toothpastes and alternative methods of reducing these effects, but one way to make a lasting impression is through tooth whitening sessions with your dentist.

teeth-whitening-essexHere’s how you can add a little shine to your smile with an appointment for teeth whitening in Essex.

What causes discolouration?

Discolouration and yellowing of the teeth happens to everyone and it’s commonly caused by things in your diet.

As an example, smokers and users of tobacco products have a higher chance of discolouration occurring to their teeth because of the habit. Wine and coffee are also another source of this yellowing, as that regular morning brew or evening sip can slowly stain those pearly whites.

What does whitening involve?

An appointment for teeth whitening in Essex is a fairly simple process that generally tends to involve one of two methods.

The first option is for your dentist to take an impression of your teeth, this is to create a mouthguard that will be combined with a gel that will bleach your teeth gradually over a series of sessions. Another fairly common technique, known as ‘power whitening’, may be used whereby your dentist covers your teeth with a powder. This is then exposed to a light that will activate the compound causing it to gradually brighten your teeth.

Don’t worry about having to choose one, as your dentist will normally discuss your options prior to your treatment, to figure out which one will give you the desired result of whiter teeth. At Crofts Dental Practice our talented and friendly team will bring out that hidden shine and healthy colour that your teeth have lost, with a few professional whitening sessions in our practice.

Can I do it at home?

For those that may have a busy schedule, or hectic family life and commitments that don’t allow for a lot of free time, then there is also the option to take home one of our whitening kits. Each one is custom made to fit your specific needs and we will walk you through the correct application methods as well as how long you should use it for.

Is it safe?

A fairly common question a lot of patients have when it comes to treatments, especially those involving a bleaching compound, is if it’s safe. Whitening is strictly controlled because of the bleaching component of the procedure and you should always follow any and all advice given to you by your dental practitioner. If you have a home kit we recommend that you use a minimal amount of gel as it can cause irritation or blistering if it touches your gums because of overspill.

If you have any concerns about the process then have a chat with our team.

Getting rid of that discolouration and yellowing has never been easier, so if you’re looking to restore your teeth to their former glory or just want to add a little sparkle to your smile, then get in touch with our team.

Can dental implants in Essex save my smile?

Cracks, chips or gaps in your teeth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile and for many people having a damaged or missing tooth can make them feel incredibly self-conscious. That’s where treatments like implantation come in, with this simple procedure your dentist will be able to restore your smile to its former glory.

dental-implants-essexSo with that in mind, here’s how an appointment for dental implants in Essex can help you save your smile.

What are the implants used for?

Generally we would recommend dental implants in Essex for our patients as a way to replace any badly chipped, cracked or damaged teeth that can’t be repaired through other means such as crowns or white fillings. We also often use them to fill gaps in your teeth and in extreme cases of overcrowding we can use them to create a neater and straighter appearance.

How does the dentist fit them?

The fitting process for the implant itself is surprisingly straightforward. We basically use a prosthetic tooth that will either be created out of a porcelain or acrylic resin material, depending on what your dentist thinks would suit you. This material is also shaded and shaped to match its surrounding neighbours to ensure that the replacement we provide not only fits into its new home, but also blends in to provide you with a natural looking solution to your problem.

The teeth are held in place with a sterilised titanium screw that is inserted underneath your gum line and into your jawbone. Then over time the bone should heal back over this screw to provide a stable and sturdy platform for the crown.

Does the treatment involve any pain?

When it comes to dental treatments patients, more often than not, will ask about any pain involved as the mouth is a pretty sensitive area to work in. There may be some mild discomfort involved as it does involve some minor surgery, but your dentist will limit this as much as they can with a local anaesthetic.

At Crofts Dental Practice our team will try to limit the amount of discomfort you feel during your treatment as much as they can, to ensure your implantation goes smoothly and successfully.

If you’re still concerned about any potential pain, you can also discuss the use of a general anaesthetic with your dentist, if it’s appropriate to your particular case.

Tips for keeping the new tooth clean

After you have your implant fitted all that’s left is to keep it clean and clear of any bacteria that might cause it to become infected. You can manage this easily by just lightly brushing around your implant at least once a day as part of your normal oral health routine. If you use floss, try to limit how much you pull around the tooth and gum, as you may damage or dislodge it. Also we recommend you avoid using mouthwash as the chemicals can irritate your gums.

So as you can see the implant process is simple, implants are easy to look after and they can help restore your smile whilst giving you that confidence boost you deserve. To start your journey to a healthier smile just get in touch with our team at the practice.

Living with sensitive teeth

Do you avoid hot and cold food and drink for fear of how they might react with your teeth? Just like you, many adults and children suffer from having sensitive teeth in Essex, a dental issue that is caused by many contributing factors but most prominently from enamel erosion.

sensitive-teeth-essexIf you are tired of living this way and restricting your diet due to your tender pearly whites, book an appointment with one of our trained and experienced dentists at Crofts Dental Practice.

What is enamel erosion?

The surface of every natural tooth you possess is called the enamel. The enamel is the tough outer layer that protects your dentine (the extremely sensitive tissue that is found underneath) against germs, chemicals and fluids.

From the food you consume daily to the fluids your body secretes, this enamel is constantly exposed to, and damaged by, potentially harmful substances, which does lead to its eventual wear and tear if you do not take adequate care of your teeth. Enamel erosion, the primary cause of sensitive teeth in Essex, occurs when the outer layer is damaged beyond repair and leaves the dentin vulnerable and exposed to the elements. People with sensitive teeth in Essex will experience pain or discomfort that worsens without medical treatment.

What generally causes erosion?

Germs contained in plaque use the sugars, found in the food and drink you consume, to create acid. This acid attacks and can destroy your enamel if you do not remove the plaque by cleaning your teeth regularly.

Your saliva can neutralise acid attacks. However, a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates results in a more significant build-up of acid that your body’s natural defences cannot fend off by itself – which is why brushing your teeth regularly with fluoridated toothpaste is so crucial.

What should I eliminate from my diet to improve my oral health?

Watch what you eat by curbing your intake of sugary, acidic and starchy foods, such as white bread. If you do consume acidic drinks, such as orange juice, use a straw to minimise your teeth’s contact with the beverage.

Are there other medical conditions that cause this issue?

If you are in the habit of grinding your teeth, then know that it can negatively impact the structure of your teeth. Correct this issue by enquiring with us about using a retainer at night.

Xerostomia is a condition that results in a reduction of saliva and is often a symptom of serious illnesses, such as Diabetes. Less acid is neutralised without the necessary saliva.

Certain medications, like antihistamines and aspirin, can weaken your enamel’s defences against foreign substances.

The way you brush your teeth can impose upon your enamel. People often correlate healthy teeth to hard brushing – which is not at all true. Brush gently and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

How can we fight off enamel erosion?

Unfortunately, enamel does not grow back, but we can prevent the decay from getting worse. One technique we often recommend is bonding, especially if you have experienced tooth discolouration as a result of enamel erosion. The treatment involves applying resin, a tooth-coloured resin, to the front of your tooth. The resin is both functional and aesthetically-pleasing because it protects the tooth while reversing discolouration, stains and marks.

Visit us for an appointment before your sensitive teeth get in the way of everyday life!

Telltale signs that you need root canal therapy

Experiencing severe pain that stems from your teeth is not a sign of a healthy mouth and could be a reaction to an infected or inflamed root canal. Not receiving medical attention for a dental issue of this kind could lead to extensive tooth loss and seriously impair your life.

root-canal-therapyOur dental practice, Crofts Dental Practice, administer endodontic treatments, such as root canals in Essex, daily. We have successfully treated all types of root canal issues, from the most straightforward to complex cases, and are ready to help you!

Is my tooth infected?

There is a notable difference between ordinary toothache and the pain that accompanies an infected root canal; this type of sensation is akin to an intense and consistent throbbing or pressure on your tooth, getting worse over time.

Are root canals in Essex necessary?

Root canals have been coined “tooth-saving surgeries”. Often, to preserve regular teeth, we must perform root canals in Essex.

By not undergoing treatment, your infected root canal can lead to an abscess and the eventual, but avoidable, loss of teeth.

Explaining the anatomy of the tooth

The Greek term “endo” means inside and “odont” means tooth. Put together, “ëndodontics” refers to the study of the inside of your tooth, namely the pulp.

The pulp is the epicentre of your tooth, where all your blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue are found. Dental problems will arise when the pulp becomes infected. The unhealthy pulp must be removed to prevent abscesses from forming and also to save the tooth.

Can a tooth survive without pulp?

The pulp is necessary for developing teeth but has less of a function when your pearly whites are fully formed. In short, yes, they can survive without, as permanent teeth do not need pulp.

What is root canal therapy?

Many regard root canal therapy as a significant procedure, which is painful and expensive, but this is not wholly accurate.

Millions of patients undergo this treatment every year, and while it does save teeth, it is not the ordeal people think it to be.

The procedure occurs in four stages:

  • X-rays are taken to validate whether you need root canal surgery. If you need the treatment, we will discuss your options with you before moving forward with the procedure.
  • On the day of the root canal, we will administer anaesthesia to numb the pain. You may feel slight discomfort during the procedure and some tenderness during recovery once the anaesthesia has worn off.
  • Using endodontic-specific tools, we make an incision on the crown of the tooth. We then remove the infected pulp and give the root canals a thorough cleaning.
  • To prevent re-infection, we fill the space with a biocompatible filler. Where there is extensive decay, we might apply a crown to the damaged part of the tooth.

Is extraction an alternative to root canals?

When faced with severe pain, some patients might turn to extraction, which is not always recommended. The procedure might be effective in eliminating your discomfort and is considered a cheaper option. However, your tooth will have to be replaced with artificial ones to prevent further dental issues down the line, which will be more expensive and time-intensive in the long run.

Entrust our tooth-saving specialist for an emergency root canal surgery.

Dental implants as a solution to losing teeth

Teeth can be lost in several different ways. As they are quite brittle, teeth can often be knocked-out or broken, which can usually occur during a fall, or in a sporting injury. Teeth are also an organic component, which means that they are subject to disease and decay, which may be another reason why your teeth are missing. At Crofts Dental Practice, we understand entirely the trauma and discomfort over losing your teeth, and want to approach the situation quickly and professionally, while keeping your well-being in mind.

Dental Implants in EssexIf your teeth have been missing for a while, then it is important to address them as soon as possible. We will fix both teeth that have been lost that day, to teeth that have been missing for years, using the same approach. However, teeth that have been missing for a while can pose a risk to your oral health, as your jaw and bite can be misaligned. This can mean that your other teeth, that are otherwise healthy, can become eroded and therefore damaged,due to your missing tooth, which can result in sensitive teeth, and a greater risk of cavities.

Replacing teeth that are missing

There are many ways to replace a tooth that has been missing, as it all depends on the location of the tooth, the extent to which it is missing, and how many other teeth are missing alongside it. For example, if you have suffered from periodontal disease, and all your teeth are missing, then dentures may be appropriate for you. If a row of teeth are missing, then a bridge may be suitable. For a single tooth, a crown or a dental implant may be the best option.

Dental implants in Essex

A dental implant is an extremely advanced procedure, and considered one of the most effective ways to replace a tooth that is missing. A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone, effectively to replicate the root of the tooth. This treatment can be done if the entire tooth is missing, and therefore needs a full replacement. If you are looking for dental implants in Essex, then Crofts Dental Practice will be able to provide you with this treatment.

Things to consider with this treatment

If you are considering dental implants in Essex, then it is crucial that you consider all the pros and cons of the treatment, before going ahead with it. Implants are a permanent fixture, as they are fused with the jawbone, so they cannot be removed. This is a positive, as it makes them extremely strong, however may not be desirable for some people.

As implants require an extremely advanced procedure, and take a long time, they can be expensive. This can be a deterrent for some people, however due to how permanent they are, they are often considered an investment, as they will rarely need a replacement, making them surprisingly cost effective. If you are interested in dental implants in Essex, then come and speak to us, and we will be able to guide you through the process.

Dental hygiene for fresh breath

If you are looking for fresh breath in Essex, then look no further than Crofts Dental Practice. We understand how important dental hygiene is for oral health, and also aesthetics and confidence. Bad breath is an unattractive feature, and if you are concerned about having bad breath then it may be a result of having poor dental hygiene. Speak to us if you are concerned, and we will be able to guide you on the best course of action for your teeth.

Fresh Breath in EssexWhat causes bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by the decay of bacteria in the mouth, which can produce bad smells. Therefore, a good level of dental hygiene is important as it removes the decaying materials from the teeth, which is what could be causing the smell, and can reduce your risk of cavities.

If you are looking for fresh breath in Essex, and feel like your dental hygiene is of a sufficient standard, then the reasoning behind your bad breath could be something else, and in some cases more serious. Throat and lung infections can also contribute to bad breath, so it is important to get yourself checked as soon as possible.

How to prevent bad breath

Bad breath can be prevented by brushing twice a day using the correct techniques and flossing at least once a day. By maintaining this as a dental hygiene routine, your breath should stay fresh. There are other methods to maintain a good hygiene routine and avoid bad breath, such as avoiding particularly high-sugar foods, and using mouthwash occasionally if you are looking for a particularly fresh feel in your mouth.

Hygiene appointments

We advise that you come in for a hygiene session regularly, to make sure that your teeth are as clean as they can be. This treatment is also referred to as a scale and polish and involves the professional cleaning of your teeth. This is to ensure that plaque and cavities are kept at bay, and with a good dental hygiene routine as well, your teeth will be perfectly clean. Often regular toothbrushes, and a slack routine, can mean that certain areas of the teeth may get neglected. This is where cavities will form and where the source of bad breath may emerge.

Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are another way in which you can ensure that your teeth are being cleaned to their fullest potential. Interdental brushes are often given to patients that have been fitted with braces, as often a regular toothbrush cannot reach certain areas of the teeth, and therefore they can become a hotspot for plaque and decay. However, even with teeth that do not have braces, interdental brushes can be very useful at removing excess food that you may have missed. They also provide a softer and more precise brushing method closer to the gums, as brushing too firmly at the gums can cause them to recede.

If you are interested in improving your dental hygiene routine, and making sure that you have fresh breath in Essex, then get in contact with Crofts Dental Practice, and we will be able to assist.