Tooth Brush Bristles

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Tooth Brush Bristles

Bigger/Better, Harder/Stronger?


Soft toothbrushes are best. Small compact toothbrush heads are more easily adapted around teeth then large toothbrush heads.  When it comes to toothbrushes sometimes less is more.  Medium and hard toothbrushes are made with bristles that are ridged and not as easily adapted around teeth.  Brushing aggressively with heavy pressure and scrubbing back and forth, especially with a hard brush can cause gums to recede and a rounded notch to form at the gum line.

What to look for in a tooth brush:  Soft or extra soft bristles with a small or compact head.

Why soft bristles?  The goal of brushing is to remove the soft, sticky plaque from the teeth.  Plaque needs to be mechanically whipped off the teeth. Plaque removal does not require “elbow grease”.  It is most safely and effectively done with light pressure and a soft toothbrush.

When to replace a toothbrush:  At the first signs of wear or every 3 months.  Whichever comes first.

Power toothbrush:  Follow the same guidelines as above. A battery powered toothbrush may become less effective as the battery drains.  Re-charge or replace batteries regularly.  We recommend rechargeables!

Keep it soft, and happy brushing




Top 5 Reasons to Floss

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Top 5 Reasons to Floss

Top 10 reasons to floss

  1. Reduces the risk of cavities between teeth.
  2. Improves gum health.
  3. Experience fresher breath.
  4. Remove food debris from in-between the teeth.
  5. High fives from your dental hygienist.

Free Spin Brush or Whitening

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Main Slider, News | Comments Off on Free Spin Brush or Whitening

Welcome to Ardagh Family Dentistry!

All new patients receive a complementary spin brush or complementary whitening with the booking of a complete exam and cleaning.  Call us today.  We have an appointment for you!

Bleeding Gums

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Bleeding Gums

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?

Bleeding gums are very common; there are many reasons as to why this may be happening including the following:

– Sign of gingivitis
– Pregnancy
– Early stages of periodontal disease
– Medication (blood thinners)
– Irritated (brushing to hard)
– Not flossing regularly

In many instances swollen and bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease. Bleeding gums is reversible and preventable. This happens when bacteria in the mouth forms plaque on teeth, the bacteria may cause gums to become inflamed, which can result in red swollen or bleeding gums. Helping to prevent this may include the removal of plaque buildup with a good brushing/flossing twice a day and regular visits to the dentist.