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7 Dental Hygiene Tips

2016 09 16
Taking care of your teeth can be tricky, especially if you have a busy life. Here, we’ve broken down a few top tips to make it easier to manage better oral hygiene….

1. Change your toothbrush regularly.

Whether it’s electric toothbrush heads or manual, you need to change it regularly. Experts advise changing your toothbrush once every two to three months, or sooner if there has been wear and tear on the bush, so it cleans efficiently (Source: OHF).

2. Use a fluoride toothpaste.

There are many types of toothpaste on the market, but it’s essential to use one that

contains fluoride, as this protects teeth and makes them stronger. (Source: OHF).

3. Brush twice a day.

It’s a surprising statistic, but brushing only once a day increases your chances of developing tooth decay by 33%. (Source: National Smile Month).

Brushing at night is something that nearly half of the population (47 %) skip, but is really important. It removes the residue and plaque that has built up during the day, and coats the teeth with fluoride, protecting them through the night. It’s why the Oral Health Foundation advise people to brush twice a day, for two minutes. (Source: OHF). For more advice on brushing, check out our blog on How to brush your teeth.

4. Visit your dentist regularly.

Between 61% and 69% of people regularly visit the dentist (Source: National Smile Month). If you’re not one of them, you should really reconsider. Regular visits allow your dentist to spot problems early on, give advice, and suggest treatment, rather than letting the problems get worse. (Source: NHS Choices). They can also give tips on the best way to take care of your teeth.

And how regular is regular? Depending on the condition of your teeth and other factors, it could be every three months, or as rarely as every two years. Your dentist can advise you on what’s best for you.(Source: NHS Choices).

5. Clean between your teeth.

Following reports that using floss has no benefits, the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) stressed the importance of ‘interdental’ cleaning. Brushing between one’s teeth is essential, as normal brushing only reaches 3 of the 5 surfaces of one’s teeth.

Interdental brushes can help, while the Oral Health Foundation also repeated that flossing does not harm the teeth, adding that if you floss effectively, you should carry on. (Source: OHF).

6. Quit smoking.

You may be unaware that smoking impacts on your dental and oral health. Quitting smoking will reduce your chances of gum disease, losing your teeth, discolouration of the teeth and even mouth cancer. (Source: National Smile Month).

7. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks

Sugar is potentially dangerous for teeth, because it can interact with the bacteria in plaque to create acid, which attacks the teeth, leading to tooth decay. As a powerful cause of tooth decay, experts recommend cutting back on sugar in food and drinks, particularly snacks between mealtimes (Source: Action On Sugar).

Chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking, particularly sugary foods, can help protect your teeth (Source: OHF).