At Victoria Road Dental Care we believe that a preventative approach to oral hygiene is the best option. We have put together a few tips for you to make sure you are doing your best to keep your smile healthy.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes at a time
We agree with most dentists that brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes is essential for your oral health.
We recommend tooth brushing just before bed and then one other time during the day.
It has been proven that cleaning your teeth properly twice a day can help reduce tooth decay by up to 50%.
2. Don’t brush your teeth after consuming acidic foods and drink
Using a toothbrush immediately after eating or drinking something acidic can wear away the enamel on your tooth.
Once lost, enamel cannot be repaired.
3. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride
Fluoride occurs naturally in drinking water sources. Fluoride has been shown to make teeth stronger and help prevent cavities.
There are a few fluoride free toothpastes available on the market. These are available for various reasons.
But unless you’ve been told to use non-fluoride based toothpaste by a doctor or dentist, We strongly recommend only using toothpaste that contains fluoride.
4. Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing
Fluoride is the single most important ingredient in toothpaste and helps protect your teeth from damage and decay.
Rinsing your mouth with water or even mouthwash removes the fluoride you’ve just brushed onto your teeth.
Study’s have shown, people that don’t rinse their mouth with water after brushing have fewer cavities than those that do rinse their mouth with water.
5. Use an electric toothbrush
Knowing how to brush effectively with a manual toothbrush is a skill we should all have.
However, We still strongly recommended electric toothbrushes.
Electric toothbrushes have additional features such as:
Six Top Dental Tips For Holidays
1: Dental Check Up
Make sure that you have recently had a check-up before you jet off on holiday. Better to spot any problems than having to deal with them whilst you are away.
2: Don't Forget Your Toothbrush!
Depending on where you are going it may be difficult to pick one up if you forget yours. Either way, you don't want it to be your first job on arrival.
3: Make Water Your #1
Water will keep you hydrated which is important for saliva production, it will rinse food particles and debris from your mouth, and it is a much better alternative to sugary drinks or alcohol.
4: Limit Your Snacking
Chances are that you will eat more on holiday and 'graze' throughout the day. Sticking to three meals a day will limit the time that your teeth are under attack. This includes sugary and alcoholic drinks.
5: Protect Your Lips
Make sure that you regularly apply sunscreen to you lips. Prolonged exposure without protection could lead to oral cancer.
6: Take A Spare Pair
If you wear dentures, don't forget to pack a spare pair. Believe it or not, it is quite common to lose dentures on holiday. More often than not this is caused through bouts of sickness and dentures disappearing down toilets!!
Make sure that you have a valid Eurpoean Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Always have your own valid travel insurance. Policies vary greatly, so check your cover and excess details before you travel. Keep receipts for any claims you need to make.
Consider out Maintenance Plan at just £17.46 per month, included in the plan is emergency dental treatment both at home and abroad 24 hours a day. A 10% discount on treatments, 2 check-ups a year, 2 teeth cleaning's a year, plus Visual Oral Cancer Screenings.
Ask reception for more details.
(Monday, July 16 18 09:13 am BST)
I go to see Dr Brummitt and she is fantastic. She is the best dentist I have ever met. So kind, friendly and makes you feel relaxed during dental treatments, also she is very good at her job. Not to forget lovely reception staff and dental assistants, they are all very friendly!
Michelle Edwards (Monday, May 21 18 12:02 pm BST)
Lovely friendly staff always helpful
I would recommend to friends.
Mr Kumar has always been a pleasure to visit and looked after my dental treatment with excellent care. One day I will surprise him and get that electric toothbrush he would like me to use !
I have been coming here all my life. All staff are absolutely fantastic . Ms Davies is brilliant . Can't recommend highly enough.
Excellent treatment in a pleasant surrounding. Much needed after a gap of eight years.
Very happy with treatment have been patient for many years.
Janet gale (Thursday, February 08 18 12:40 pm GMT)
Mrs Brummit is an excellent dentist in every way treating both me and my wife with her expert knowledge in all aspects of dentistry, but she also puts us at ease and takes all fear away, we thoughly recommend her.
Richard Davis > (Wednesday, February 07 18 02:16 pm GMT)
I have been more than satisfied with my experience at this surgery. First class treatment and aftercare. Highly recommended.
Mr M Brake (Monday, February 05 18 11:13 am GMT)
I have known Dr. Brummitt for many years and have always enjoyed our little chats, which makes for a less worrying visit for my dental treatment. I have always been satisfied with Dee's work.
Wendy (Thursday, January 25 18 11:16 am GMT)
Lovely dentist, very informative and thorough.
Mark Roylance (Thursday, January 25 18 10:14 am GMT)
Wonderful treatment. I am very anxious about dental work and Dee has , through hard work ,patience and gentle persuasion cured me of my dental-phobia ! Really great dentist !
Caroline McGlynn (Monday, January 22 18 04:44 pm GMT)
Not everyone likes going to the dentist and that includes me. I have been a patient of mr Kumar for a long time now and he has put me at ease. I moved to Burgess Hill 4 years ago and because Mr Kumar is so nice I couldn't bear the thought of changing to another dentist who doesn't know me or my teeth!
Clare Wells (Monday, January 22 18 03:47 pm GMT)
I've been a patient of Miss Davies since a child, and now my children are too. Couldn't ask for a friendlier practice for children, to encourage them to look after there teeth and attend regularly.
Susanna (Monday, January 22 18 11:29 am GMT)
Very friendly and welcoming staff
Michael Harvey (Monday, January 22 18 11:07 am GMT)
The attractive waiting room is an appropriate introduction to the excellent service at this very friendly practice. DR Brummitt has looked after me well over a number of years, and I can actually say that I look forward to going to the dentist.
Aimee Burton (Thursday, January 18 18 05:15 pm GMT)
My son is patient of Dr Kumar and what can I say... What a fantastic dentist! Other family members and friends are with the two other dentists and I only ever hear great things!! Lovely welcoming staff and I love that the practice has a family feel! I would definitely recommend Victoria road dental care!
Claire preston (Thursday, January 18 18 03:48 pm GMT)
Dr D Brummitt
Very gentle as she knows I have had problems before with dentists
Steve Price (Thursday, January 18 18 08:49 am GMT)
Have been coming to Victoria Road Dental since a child and always have comments on how nice my teeth are. Lovely staff that always make you feel comfortable
Claudia knowles (Wednesday, January 17 18 10:52 am GMT)
I have been a patient of Mr Kumar who has looked after me very well and I have every confidence in him. He has cured me of my nerves that I used to have. He is a great ambassador for your practice.
Iain Hammond (Thursday, January 11 18 03:48 pm GMT)
Excellent treatment. I have never enjoyed going to the dentist until now. My teeth feel and look so much better.
Lee Davis (Thursday, January 11 18 01:04 pm GMT)
I have always found the service to be good and have never had any problems with my treatment and the staff to b friendly
Elizabeth Skilton (Tuesday, January 09 18 05:43 pm GMT)
Such a friendly team of staff! They are all so welcoming when you walk in, they instantly put any nerves you may have at ease. You can really tell that these are experienced dentists as well, compared to where I have been before their workers is out of this world! Thank you all for everything you do for me as a patient. You will have a hard time getting rid of me.
Winifred esparon (Tuesday, January 09 18 03:11 pm GMT)
Everybody very kind
Calum Bennett (Tuesday, January 09 18 02:52 pm GMT)
Very friendly and any questions I had the receptionist answered for me and helped me out with filling in the forms
Ellie Lancaster (Thursday, November 23 17 01:49 pm GMT)
Such lovely and caring team! Would recommend this practice to anyone. I have been a patient for many years and always been happy with their care...
Christine Wood (Thursday, November 23 17 11:28 am GMT)
Dr. Brummit is a first class dentist and excellent with nervous patients. She is kind and reassuring and I am more than happy with all the work she has carried out over the years. Highly recommended.
Mrs Collingwood (Wednesday, November 22 17 03:04 pm GMT)
I have been a patient here for 64 years and have also brought along my family when they were younger. Dr Kumar has always looked after me as a patient, I have always been more than satisfied with the service here. I am always seen as soon as possible. A very happy patient!
Mrs Warden (Wednesday, November 22 17 01:49 pm GMT)
I have been coming here for over 30 years now, and have always been very happy with the service I have received.
James Higgs (Wednesday, November 22 17 12:58 pm GMT)
Been coming to see Miss Davies from a young age & can only give a positive feedback as very caring & attentive & I always feel looked after & never worried about visiting.
Roger Gilbert (Wednesday, November 22 17 12:35 pm GMT)
Very caring dentist
Peter Hall (Wednesday, November 22 17 12:01 pm GMT)
Very helpful and polite reception staff.Dentist very thorough and careful.
David (Tuesday, November 21 17 04:30 pm GMT)
Dentist is great and staff very helpful
Barbara Bashford (Wednesday, October 11 17 05:05 pm BST)
Dr Kumar is fantastic. I am a very nervous patient and he has been very kind and patient with me. Would recommend this pratice. Always received first class care.
jamie (Thursday, July 13 17 01:58 pm BST)
very welcoming and friendly. Dentist is always very thorough and caring.
Roger Smith (Tuesday, July 11 17 12:30 pm BST)
absolutely fantastic !!!!
went as a new patient and the staff and dentist where so helpful.
william peters (Tuesday, July 11 17 10:25 am BST)
would highly recommend this practice, friendly staff