Follow our 4 simple steps to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent the need for dental treatment in the future
- Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and try and change it every 3 months. Remember – your teeth have more than one surface! So make sure you brush every angle, paying special attention to behind your front teeth. Tip: don’t forget to brush your tongue!
- Floss every day to remove plaque and trapped food from between your teeth and along the gum
line. Many patients find interdental brushes (see photo) easier to use. There are so many interdental aids on the market these days, nobody has an excuse not to clean between their teeth! Tip: when using dental floss, try to make a ‘C’ shape around each tooth, pulling the floss gently up the side of each tooth.
- Visit your dentist regularly. NHS patients in Scotland are entitled to 2 FREE check-up’s every year. A regular hygiene visit with your dentist or hygienist maintains a healthy mouth and reduces the chances of tooth loss. Did you know patients in England have to pay for their check-up, so we have no excuse for not taking advantage of this!
- Enjoy a healthy balanced diet. Avoid snacking between meal times and pay special attention to foods that contain a high concentration of acid. Acid wears your tooth enamel and causes a process called Acid Erosion, which is unfortunately irreversible. Tip: Fruit is very acidic! Never brush your teeth soon after drinking or eating fruit. Doing so will spread the acid left behind on your teeth around your whole mouth!