The average number of bacteria living on your toothbrush at any given time is about 10 million, include the harmful E.Coli and staphylococcus. The longer you keep your toothbrush, the more bacteria will accumulate and grow on it. Worse still, if you suffer from illness (bacterial or viral), the infectious organisms live on your toothbrush and can re-infect you.

After using a toothbrush twice a day for three months, the bristles soften and do not remove as much plaque as they should. This plaque build up will affect your gums and cause inflammation and bleeding (gingivitis) which could lead to severe problems for the gum and bone surrounding your teeth. In addition, bacteria in plaque releases acid which over time destroys the surface of your teeth and causes cavities to form.

Using a medium toothbrush with multi-length bristles will reach all areas, especially wisdom teeth, which could be angled or lower than the rest of your molars. You can use a soft toothbrush if you have orthodontic braces or have sensitive teeth. Once sensitivity resolves or the braces come off, you should go back to using a medium toothbrush.

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Veneers can be used to disguise a variety of imperfections such as stains, chips or misaligned teeth.

Teeth Straightening

Clear brackets and white wires are fitted onto teeth and remain for 4-12 months (case dependent), meaning patients can avoid the 'train-track' look of traditional braces.

This page was last updated on the 1st of April 2015