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Floss once a day

Flossing can remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth, where a toothbrush is unable to reach. It can also help prevent bad breath by removing debris and food that has become trapped between the teeth. Although there is a lack of long-term studies proving that flossing is beneficial, the ADA continue to recommend it. The CDC also state that […]

Use fluoride

Fluoride comes from an element in the earth’s soil called fluorine. Many experts believe that fluoride helps prevent cavities, and it is a common ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash. However, some dental products do not contain fluoride, and some people do not use it at all. Evidence suggests that a lack of fluoride can lead […]

Brush regularly but not aggressively

Most people are aware that brushing their teeth twice a day is one of the most important practices for removing plaque and bacteria and keeping teeth clean. However, brushing may only be effective if people use the correct technique. People should brush using small circular motions, taking care to brush the front, back, and top […]

Mouth ulcers: causes and solutions

You’ve probably suffered from a mouth ulcer at some point – and when you have one, you know about it. Mouth ulcers are sores that form in the mouth and they can be very painful. They’re sensitive to the touch and often cause a sharp, stinging pain. Ulcers are clearly defined, usually oval shaped and […]

How your teeth develop in your lifetime

As is the case with most mammals, we go through two sets of teeth in our lifetimes. The first set are temporary, known as milk teeth, which are followed by the second set of permanent adult teeth. Our teeth go through several significant changes throughout our lives, but how do they start and what happens […]

What equipment does your dentist use to look after you?

Your dentist has a whole host of equipment to help them look after you and make your experience as pleasant as possible. Here is a guide to some of your dentist’s equipment and what it does. Mouth mirror This will almost certainly be used during your visit. Your dentist needs to get a good view […]

Chipped and broken teeth: causes and solutions

Our teeth are really strong, but with the many stresses and strains that they have to endure, they can chip, crack or break. Common cause of these breaks can include: Eating something hard Facial trauma following an accident Damage from sports Untreated cavities can cause a tooth to become brittle and break Old, large amalgam […]

Smile for life: tips for a healthy mouth

Smile for life: tips for a healthy mouth Oral health is essential for your general wellbeing: not only does a healthy mouth enable good nutrition but it can also indicate if there’s something wrong elsewhere. At Portman, we will work with you to ensure your oral health routine keeps you smiling for life. Read our […]


When we think of an emergency, we probably don’t imagine it could have something to do with our teeth. However, any chip, crack, or toothache should be treated as a priority, because even if they seem like minor issues, they can lead to much worse (and more expensive) problems down the line. Know Where To […]


On the surface, a toothbrush seems like just another item on the grocery list, but choosing the best one for you can be tricky. There are several factors to take into account, such as bristle softness, grip feel, head size, and whether to stick with manual or go electric. That’s why we’re here to help […]