We all want to have a great smile but many of us don’t invest enough time on good oral hygiene or make regular visits to our dentist for check-ups. Poor dental hygiene will lead to many problems with your teeth from gum disease to tooth decay. Regardless of the dental problems caused, the cost of prevention is less than the cure.
Here are your top 5 tips:
1. Brush regularly & properly
Keep your teeth clean by brushing them regularly. Brushing at least twice a day will reduce the bacterial load in the mouth.
When brushing your teeth, make sure the bristles are placed at an angle of 45 degrees where the gum meets the tooth. Both the gum and the tooth surface need to be cleaned. Brush your teeth gently using a circular motion to massage the gums. Remember – tooth brushes do not last forever. Change it every 3-4 months, or sooner if you see the bristles are flattened. We recommend the Sonicare toothbrush, as it massages the gum tissue and can remove 7x more plaque than a manual brush.
2. The rest of your mouth
Brushing your teeth and gums is only part of what is required for good oral hygiene. You should also gently clean your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove any bacteria. This may be done with your toothbrush or a special tongue scraper.
3. Dental flossing
A toothbrush, however good, will not be able to get between your teeth. Flossing at least once a day will remove bacteria built up between your teeth that can cause cavities and gum disease. Use gentle pressure to get the floss between your teeth, and curve the floss in a c-shape around the side of each tooth, rub the floss down to just below the gumline. There are many tools that can be used to clean between the teeth. Besides floss, we also recommend the Sonicare AirFloss which uses a burst of air and water to remove bacteria from between teeth.
Using an approved mouthwash (please ask your dentist for advice) does not replace the need for brushing and flossing. However, it is an additional way to help reduce the damaging affects caused by a build-up of bacteria.
5. Avoid tobacco, reduce sodas, coffee & alcohol
We all know that tobacco is bad for your health in so many ways. Tobacco does more than just stain your teeth. It also contributes to bad breath, excess plaque and tarter build-up, increased risk of bone loss and gum disease.
Sodas, coffee and alcohol contain high levels of phosphorous and sugars. Too much of these can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Phosphorus, for example, will reduce the amount of calcium in the body which is very important for healthy teeth.
Following these 5 tips for good oral hygiene will reduce your need for dental treatment and help to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. However, always visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. Any problems with your teeth can be identified early.