If you can get it into a routine of good oral practice then looking after your teeth shouldn’t be such a burden. By following the below tips diligently you can enjoy healthy teeth and gums and you will feel more confident about your smile:
#1. Brush your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night
At the very minimum, this is the routine you should follow. Ideally it would be good to brush after eating but we know that it’s not always realistic to do that. If you can brush after eating then we would recommend waiting for one hour before you do so. Some food and drink make your teeth enamel soft so it’s wise not to brush directly afterwards in case you damage the enamel’s protective coating. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste when it comes to brushing and that you spit rather than rinse so that the fluoride can stay on your teeth longer.
#2. Floss at least once a day
It’s estimated that only 20% of people clean between their teeth regularly. A good flossing routine is highly recommended.
#3. Chew sugar-free chewing gum after meals
This is actually a good practice. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals will not only collect tiny debris particles of food but it will leave you with fresh breath after eating, which can only be a good thing!
#4. Change your toothbrush every 3 months
Your toothbrush takes a fair amount of battering and over time, will collect germs and bacteria. Changing your brush every 3 months will make sure that you are always using clean bristles for your teeth.
#5. Visit your dentist regularly
Regular dental check-ups will make sure that you avoid any bigger dental problems at a later date.
#6. Avoid sugary food and drinks
We know that you can’t avoid them all the time but if you can restrict yourself as much as possible, you will cut down on decay and dental bills!
#7. Be aware of your mouth
Don’t ignore problems that happen in your mouth. If you have ulcers that won’t go away, or lumps appear or your gums feel constantly sore and sensitive, we urge you to visit your dentist so that the problem can be quickly diagnosed and dealt with.
For more advice about oral health then please contact Bhandal Dental Practice. We would be happy to help.
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