We all know how important it is to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and to keep our teeth and gums healthy, but there are some vital things to consider when it comes to your mouth. Here are some oral health top tips that are often recommended by Bosden Farm Dental:
When told by a dentist that they are not brushing correctly, many people assume they are not brushing hard enough. While this may be the case sometimes, it is often the technique that they get wrong. It is recommended that you take care to brush all of your teeth, top, front and back, using smaller circular motions instead of sawing back-and-forth. It should last for 2 to 3 minutes and be done twice a day (although you probably already knew that part). Brushing too vigorously or for too long can damage your enamel and gums or cause tooth sensitivity.
Brushes with harder bristles can also be harmful to your enamel and gums, causing potentially permanent damage or gum erosion. It is advised that you use a softer-bristled brush and whenever it starts to look frayed, replace it. Alternatively, get a new one every three months. You may also want to consider using an electric toothbrush, as they can provide a more thorough clean with less effort!
In the UK, floss has never really been a widely-used product, but it is certainly useful in maintaining optimal oral health. It can remove food debris and plaque from between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t get to. This helps to ease erosion and prevent bad breath from food residue. The correct technique to flossing, similarly to brushing, is not to saw back-and-forth or go too quickly – this will be less effective and may be painful. You should push the floss down to the gum and then pull it back out slowly, hugging the edge of an adjacent tooth.
4. Mouth Wash
It isn’t essential, but mouthwash is something that you should consider using to be extra sure you have a healthy mouth. Different people may need mouthwash for different reasons, but some common benefits are: it is antibacterial, helps control plaque, and helps to prevent gingivitis (a common and mild form of gum disease). Mouthwash can also help with bad breath, but make sure to ask your dentist about the specific type of mouthwash they would recommend for you.
5. Dietary Choices
It’s a well-known fact that sugar is bad for your teeth – it can lead to cavities, amongst other problems. However, not many people know that the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that people consume no more sugar than 10% of their daily calorie intake – lowering this to 5% would be even better! Furthermore, starchy foods like bread, pasta, and potatoes are broken down by saliva to form simple sugars which linger in the mouth. Bacteria then feed on this residue and produce a type of acid that can cause tooth decay. It’s not only food you should think about though, as most fizzy drinks (non-diet kinds) contain large quantities of sugar. Make sure to keep these kinds of beverages to a minimum in favour of unsweetened tea or just good ol’ water.
Try to maintain all or most of these tips every day, along with visiting your dentist every six months. Seeing your dentist is important, as they can keep an eye on any potential problems you may have and help to fix them before they cause too much harm. In doing this, you should be well on your way to a healthy, sparkling smile.