How should I brush my teeth?

How often should I brush my teeth?


Be sure to brush thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night and at least one other time during the day. If you regularly keep getting discomfort or bleeding after brushing you should see your dentist.


How do I know if I have removed all the plaque?


You can stain the plaque with special dye, which you can paint onto your teeth with a cotton bud, or you can use special disclosing tablets. You can get these from your dental practice or pharmacy. The stain is harmless and will show any areas of your mouth which need better brushing. Look particularly at where your teeth and gums meet. Further brushing will remove the stained plaque.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Worn-out toothbrushes cannot clean your teeth properly and may damage your gums. It is important to change your toothbrush every two to three months, or sooner if the filaments become worn. When bristles become splayed, they do not clean properly.


Should I use fluoride toothpaste?


Yes. Fluoride helps to strengthen and protect teeth, which can reduce tooth decay in adults and children.

What sort of toothpaste should I use?


As well as regular family toothpastes, there are many specialised toothpastes. These include tartar control for people who get tartar build-up, and a choice of toothpastes for people with sensitive teeth. 'Total care' toothpastes include ingredients to help fight gum disease, freshen breath and reduce plaque build-up. 'Whitening' toothpastes are good at removing staining to help restore the natural colour of your teeth, but are not strong enough to change the natural shade of the teeth.

Some children's toothpastes only have about half the fluoride that adult toothpastes have. They only give limited protection for the teeth. If your children are under 7 you should supervise them when they brush their teeth. Encourage them not to swallow the toothpaste and to just spit, not rinse, after brushing.

To have a clean and healthy mouth you need to use the correct dental-care products. Ask your dental team to tell you what choices there are and to give their recommendations.

How much toothpaste should I use?


You do not need to cover the head of your brush in toothpaste. A pea-sized amount is enough. Children should use a pea-sized smear of toothpaste.

How should I clean between my teeth?


You can clean between your teeth with an 'interdental' brush or dental floss. Dental tape is thicker than floss and many people find it easier to use. Cleaning in between your teeth removes plaque and bits of food from between your teeth and under your gumline – areas a toothbrush can't reach. You should clean between your teeth at least once a day. Your dental team can show you proper interdental cleaning techniques.

The following suggestions may help with flossing:

Break off about 45 centimetres (18 inches) of floss, and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. As you use the floss, you will take up the used section with this finger.

Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them, leaving no slack. Use a gentle 'rocking' motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk the floss or snap the floss into the gums.


When the floss reaches your gumline, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth until you feel resistance.

Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum. Repeat on the other side of the gap, along the side of the next tooth.

Don't forget the back of your last tooth.

When flossing, keep to a regular pattern. Start at the top and work from left to right, then move to the bottom and again work from the left to right. This way you're less likely to miss any teeth. At first it also helps to look in the mirror.

It is also very important to clean around the edges of any crowns, bridges or implants. This can be difficult to do effectively using traditional floss and there are now specialised flosses to do the job thoroughly. Ask your dental team which product to use and how to use it properly.



Should my gums bleed when I clean in between my teeth?


Your gums may bleed or be sore for the first few days that you clean between your teeth. This should stop once the plaque is broken up and the health of your mouth has improved. If the bleeding does not stop, tell your dental team. It may be that you are not cleaning correctly, or that your teeth and gums need a more thorough clean by your dental team.

Should I use a mouthwash?

A fluoride mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay. Your dental team may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to help control plaque and reduce gum disease. If you find that you are regularly using a mouthwash just to freshen your breath see your dental team, because bad breath can be a sign of unhealthy teeth and gums or of poor general health.


Can my diet help?


Many people think that it is a high level of sugar in your diet that causes decay, but this is not true. It is how often you have sugar in your diet, not the amount, that causes problems. It takes up to an hour for your mouth to cancel out the acid caused by eating and drinking sugar. During this time your teeth are under attack from this acid. It is therefore important to limit the number of attacks by having sugary foods and drinks just at mealtimes. Chewing sugar-free gum and drinking water after meals or snacks can also help to cancel out the acid more quickly.

As well as causing decay, sugary fizzy drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and wine can be acidic - which can also cause 'dental erosion'. This is when the acid in foods and drinks gradually wears away the hard enamel coating of the tooth. This may lead to the tooth being sensitive.

How should I clean my dentures?


It is just as important to clean dentures as it is to clean your natural teeth. Food can become caught around the edges of dentures and clasps, and the food can rot if you do not clean them thoroughly.
You should keep a separate toothbrush for cleaning your dentures. The general rule is: brush, soak and brush again. Clean your dentures over a bowl of water in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking them, to help remove any bits of food. Soak the dentures in a specialist cleaner for a short time and then brush the dentures again. Brush them like you would your natural teeth. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which fits against your gums. If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your dentures cleaned by your dental team. Most dentists still recommend a small- to medium-headed toothbrush.


I have implants, do I have to do anything special?

Your dental team or oral surgeon will tell you how to care for your implants after surgery. It is very important to make sure you clean them regularly and thoroughly to prevent gum disease and possible infection. Follow the instructions your dental team or oral surgeon gives you.

Why should I visit Franklin House regularly?

It is always better to prevent problems rather than have to cure them when they happen. If you visit your dental team at Franklin House regularly you will need less treatment and they will spot any problems earlier, making any treatment easier.


Final words


Good dental health begins with you. By following these simple tips you can keep your mouth clean and healthy:

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, last thing at night and at least one other time in the day, using a fluoride toothpaste

Use a toothbrush with a small- to medium sized head

Use small circular movements to clean your teeth

Change your toothbrush regularly at least every 3 months

Clean between your teeth every day using interdental brushes or floss

Have sugary foods and drinks less often

Visit Franklin House regularly, as often as the recommend for you


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Just a few words about the Franklin House Dental practice.
I have been a patient at the Frankin House Dental Practice since 1978 and my Daughter since 1982.

That in itself must say something. I would highly recommend the Practice to anyone. The staff always make you feel welcome when you walk in.

When I first came to the Practice I was very nervous, but was soon made to feel at ease. The dentists are very
understanding of people who are frightened of treatment and
do their best to reassure them.

I used to be scared stiff of needles but, thanks to Hardeep and the girls, I no longer am.

I can honestly say that anyone who comes to the Practice
will not regret it


Mr Walia, Just a short note to say a very big thank for all you help, advice and support in relation to Wills teeth. It has been so important for Will to be confident with his teeth, and following a visit to the orthodontist last week hopefully we will achieve the desired end result.

Once again thank you. Kind regards

Julie Robson

I'm a nervous patient but I feel completely at ease with Hardeep and the girls.

Hayley Honeysett

Fantastic place! Was a nervy patient and hadn't been to the dentist for years, made to feel very welcome and was put at ease with my nervousness. 
Very professional and friendly. Highly, highly recommended

Andy Gibbons

Excellent service with a smile..

Simon A Hatley

Being a regulator commuter from Kent to London, it's always tricky organising a dentist appointment. For me, Franklin House is a stones throw from Gillingham Station which allows me to get off, have treatment, and continue my journey to the South Coast. Fast, friendly and extremely professional service tailored to my busy schedule


This is the best Dental Practice I have ever used!
Hardeep is fantastic with the kids and I would always recommend this place to anyone.

Amanda Gray

Fantastic dental practice, I have a fear of dentists they really make you feel comfortable and at ease. I took my 18 month daughter who did not want her teeth to be checked. Hardeep was really patient with her made her laugh, played with her and managed to check her teeth. Would definitely recommend this surgery to anyone.

Raj Dhindsa

Highly recommend, friendly and professional all the time :-)

Emma Allen

I used Franklin House as a child and now take my children there, I would highly recommend

Dan Butler

After an awful experience with a previous dentist I cannot thank Hardeep for his kindness patience when you are nervous. The whole team are wonderful.


I did not feel any pain, even though I had two teeth removed to make way for my new braces.

The staff were really friendly and explained everything.

Franklin House is the best ........

Maya Brooks-Kajona

After searching awhile for a dentist, I remembered I had passed your practice some time back and decided to go in.

The dentist was very nice and answered my questions.
Thank you.


Dear Franklin house Dental Practice,

We have nothing but the highest praise and confidence in your practice. Plenty of parking, a warm welcome, a cosy waiting room and excellent care and treatment make this surgery the best we have ever attended. My wife has had to suspend her ongoing treatment due to other health issues, but looks forward to resuming her visits as soon as is possible. 

As mentioned, my wife has found the treatment outstanding, it is explained in fullest detail to both of us with options
given if available.Every consideration is given for the patients comfort, The dental staff are extremely professional, courteous and friendly. The same applies to the reception and administration staff.

The only downside we could possibly offer is that I feel like falling asleep on the very comfortable sofa in the surgery.

Leslie and Carole Allman

My name is GK and I visited your surgery on 23rd December due to a crown  breaking.
My visit was last minute as my regular Dentist could not see me until after Christmas, so I was very pleased that you Dentist was available. He was very helpful and repaired my crown.
I have already recommended your practise to my Daughter and I will be visiting again.
PS: an added bonus was that all your staff and dentists were in fancy dress for Christmas and there was a very happy atmosphere, which helps nervous patients ,like me , to feel at ease. Many Thanks

Christopher Kindred

I had not been to the dentist for 8 years due to a dental phobia, one day the practice came up in my news feed and I commented that this as the practice that started my phobia when I was 18. 
I had a very nice message back telling me that the practice had changed hands and I should come in for a consultation. 
I came in and saw Hardeep who listened to my history and fears and he was great, really understanding he put me at ease. I came back for x rays and a clean and again he was fantastic so very patient with me. I had to come back again and have a tooth removed and it was a very difficult extraction, it didn't feel like I was a problem and couldn't have been any more caring and understanding of my fears. 
I am so happy with my progress in over coming my fears if dentists and that is all down to Hardeep and staff at the Franklin rooms dental surgery.
I can not thank Hardeep enough

Tracy Stroud 

I would happily recommend you to my friends. 

Very happy with the service, especially being such a nervous patient. 

Mrs Thonas

I am a patient with Franklin House Dental Practice for a few years and have treatment on a regular basis. The Practice had been recommended to me by my boss at the time when I needed urgent treatment and had never have any regrets to go there.
I cannot thank enough Dr Hardeep Walia for excellent care and high standard treatment he gives to his patients.
If you are a very nervous about dental treatment or have a phobia like my partner, this Practice is the right place for you. My partner has a phobia of dentists from his childhood and had not been to the dentist for many-many years. My last visit to Franklin House and outstanding outcome encouraged my partner to visit Dr Walia for treatment. I am very grateful to Dr Walia for his patience and time he spent talking and reassuring my partner.
The result is excellent - my partner has a Hollywood smile now! We could not even dream that so many years of anxiety and fear could be melted down in a few minutes and all problems could be solved so easily.

Thank you very much, Doctor, nurses and receptionists!

Excellent care and service!

Definitely recommend Franklin House Dental Surgery!

Svetlana Collings

I am a nervous, anxious patient who had a tooth extracted by Dr Hardeep Walia recently. He put me at ease and, before I knew it, he was telling me it was all done! I would recommend Hardeep to anyone who is at all anxious about seeing a dentist for treatment.

Sandra Davey

The best dentist I've ever used; I've had a lot of work done on my teeth due to an injury, so have visited many!
Always very clean, the staff are wonderful and so I would highly recommend.

Yvonne Lawrence

Ah found this so must say
Dr Rod King is THE best dentist EVER and he can never be allowed to retire. Im sure I speak for all of us who have had the best treatment EVER from this kind sensitive caring wonderful man. I was so very scared of the dentist and couldnt even have the chair laid back until I joined Dr Kings list and now I cant wait for my 6 month check ups. He is without doubt the very best of dentists and men.
Bless you Dr King
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Love from me and my family O'Connell's and Williams

susan murphy

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