Oral Health For All

We are on a quest to help everyone have a good level of oral health. This starts with a regular teeth cleaning routine.

There are many valid reasons why this can be a challenge. Here we try to dispel some myths and provide some helpful tips

Most common reasons why people do not like brushing their teeth

Establishing a basic routine of brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice per day is a fundamental building block of a strong foundation for health.
The NHS explains the importance of regular brushing in this way: “Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don’t brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque building up”.

However, not everyone finds this easy to do. Problems implementing this advice affects all age groups, from children to older adults. It is also applicable to able and less able people and some disabilities make these challenges more acute. When investigating the reasons why, it’s clear that certain issues crop up again and again. These are the main ones:

  • Toothpaste tastes awful:  Young children and a minority (but still a significant number) of adults are particularly sensitive to certain tastes. Some younger children may reject mint, saying they find it too ‘hot’ or ‘spicy’ but grow to like it as their tastebuds develop. In this case, it is worth trying some alternative flavours. Very mild mints may be accepted by some. If not, try something completely different. There are some available without fluoride, so bear in mind that dentists always advise using the appropriate level of fluoride for best protection from decay. Choosing a flavour the person in your care finds pleasurable to use, will make them much more likely to want to brush.

  • Brushing teeth is painful: There are a number of possible causes for this and it’s always worth checking with a dentist about any prolonged pain. If it’s generalised sensitivity in adults, then specialist toothpastes may help. Perhaps consider switching to a brush with softer bristles, as this can still provide effective cleaning.

  • Using too much paste: This can mean toothpaste seems to end up everywhere except in the mouth, making a mess and causing conflict. The recommended ‘pea sized amount’ is open to interpretation and many parents have told us that even they’re not sure how much to use. Buddies Toothpastes are packed in pump dispensers that release just the right amount with one press. Guesswork avoided. The texture of Buddies Toothpaste means it sinks in to the bristles, therefore stays on the brush and ensures little teeth get the full benefit of the fluoride it contains

  • Harsh brushing can damage gums and enamel: Hard bristles can damage enamel and gums, as can brushing with too much force. Effective brushing with a soft bristled brush cleans well without causing any damage, so consider switching to a much softer brush. It’s important that the bristles have been rounded at the ends. Some cheaper brushes have blunt bristles and can be particularly damaging.

  • Electric brush movement too powerful for some: Some people struggle with the sensation of movement in their mouths. I’ve heard young children say that their electric toothbrush makes their head hurt. Many of the electric brushes on the market are very powerful and older adults and those with special needs may struggle too. In this case, it’s worth finding a brush that best suits the person’s needs. There are brushes available with more gentle movement. Remember though that brushing with a manual toothbrush, ensuring each surface of every tooth is brushed, can be more effective that a quick whizz around with an electric one.

Have a question about Buddies?

See if our answers below can help:

What is the best way to brush a toddler's teeth?

The Oral Health Foundation recommends cleaning your child’s teeth should be part of their daily hygiene routine. You may find it easier to stand or sit behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.

  • When the first teeth start to appear, try using a toothbrush designed for children, with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste.
  • It is important to supervise your child’s brushing until they are at least seven.
  • Once all the teeth have appeared, use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. One press of Buddies toothpaste dispenses just the right amount – perfect if you’re unsure how much to use.
  • Brush in small, circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time.
  • Don’t forget to brush gently behind the teeth and onto the gums.
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer.
  • If possible, make brushing a routine – just before your child goes to bed and at least one other time during the day.
  • Remember to encourage your child, as praise will often get results!

When should I start using fluoride toothpaste for my child?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that plays an essential role in building strong, healthy teeth. It does this by preventing bacteria from forming enamel-eroding acids and also helping to build up and strengthen any areas already affected by acids.

As recommended by the British Dental Association (BDA), you should start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come through, and you should always use fluoride toothpaste.

The Oral Health Foundation say that All children up to three years old should use a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old, they should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains 1350ppm to 1500ppm.

You can check the level of fluoride on the packaging of the toothpaste. Children should be supervised when brushing up to the age of 7. You should make sure that they do not rinse but spit out the toothpaste, and that they don’t swallow any if possible. This way the fluoride stays in the mouth for longer and will be more effective.

Buddies toothpastes all contain 1450ppm fluoride, and are suitable for use from 3+ years

For full information on brushing babies’, toddlers’ and children’s teeth, visit the Oral Health Foundation’s website.

How is Buddies Toothpaste different from other products available on the market?

Buddies has been designed to help solve some of the issues parents or carers experience when teaching young children to brush. This means:

  • One press of the pump dispenser releases just the right amount of paste each time – no guesswork
  • Buddies toothpaste texture sinks in to the bristles so it stays on the brush: less mess and teeth benefit from the fluoride in the paste
  • Great tasting mild flavours, especially suited for even the fussiest taste buds
  • Contains the right amount of fluoride from 3+ years through to adulthood

What age can I start using Buddies for my child?

As our toothpaste is dispensed in more than a smear, we recommend using it from 3+ years.

Where can I buy Buddies?

 Buddies is currently available in online at www.buddiestoothpaste.com and via Amazon It is supplied to dentists via CTS Dental Supplies. Ask your dentist to stock it so you can avoid paying postage fees.

Will Buddies toothpaste be available in more flavours?

Our team is hard at work developing new and exciting flavours to help make the brushing experience as pleasant as possible, thus encouraging them to want to brush.

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Is Buddies Toothpaste suitable for older children or adults?

Yes, the fluoride content of 1450ppm means it fits within the recommended levels from 3+ years to adults.

We’re planning to launch an adult Buddies Toothpaste later this year. Keep visiting the website for more information or click here to register an interest

How much does it cost?

Buddies Toothpaste is £4.99 inclusive of VAT. This is for 100ml which lasts for 3 months if used by one person twice per day as directed (one pump per brush).

So four pump dispensers, costing £19.96, will encourage a child to brush for a year. Please see our Products page for more information on recommended retail prices.

Does Buddies come with a guarantee?

We happily offer a free 30-day trial of our Buddies products. We’re certain you’ll love Buddies, but if for any reason you’re not satisfied with any product, simply return it to us in its original packaging within 30 days, along with your receipt and reason for return to the address below. Once received, we can offer you a full refund.

Return address: Buddies, PO Box 869, Amersham HP6 9HH

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Hear the views of a Dental Professional:

As a practising dentist, Ash is passionate about helping his patients achieve an effective brushing routine as it’s the single most effective step towards achieving good oral health. As outlined above flavour can be a real challenge for some.

Ash recommends Buddies to his patients with some great results. He likes Buddies toothpaste so much he was prepared to share his views with you.

Dr Asheesh Paul; Principal dentist, St Anne’s House dental practice; www.cookhamdentist.co.uk

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