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Brushing your teeth correctly

Next time you brush your teeth don’t reach for a glass of water straight away. Dental experts tell us that the fluoride and other active ingredients contained in toothpaste need enough time to be absorbed thoroughly in order to work effectively. So if you want a great smile make sure you spit rather than rinse all your toothpaste away after brushing.

Key takeaways

– Brush twice daily with a good quality toothpaste containing fluoride

– Spit away toothpaste, don’t rinse it out

– Allow the toothpaste to lightly coat the teeth

Make sure you visit a dentist for regular check-ups. Your dentist can check your oral care and give you advice about how to brush your teeth correctly. Correct brushing techniques help prevent cavities and maintains your lovely smile.

“Advice from dental experts and the NHS suggests you should never rinse your mouth out straight after brushing”.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.