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A great daily oral health routine

Date: 7 December 2018 Category: ,

A great daily oral health routine

Keeping your smile healthy is important as it contributes to your overall health and appearance. This all starts at home by brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time. It’s also great if we can encourage children to maintain a regular oral health routine, encouraging them to brush their teeth to build a foundation for healthy teeth in the future.

Clean and healthy teeth, look good, feel good and help you to keep fresher breath for longer. Throughout the day, plaque, a bacteria which grows on your teeth, builds up and produces acid which can erode the enamel of the tooth, causing potential issues such as cavities and gum disease in the long run if not cleaned regularly. By brushing your teeth, you’re helping to fight this build up of plaque.

An in-between clean

Whilst also brushing your teeth twice daily, it is also advisable to clean in between your teeth as well. There are many different tools for doing this, and your dentist or hygienist can help pick which is right for your needs:

  • Floss
  • Interdental brushes such as those made by Tepe
  • A water flosser

Flossing helps to reduce the chance of cavities and bacteria developing in between the teeth which you can’t reach by only brushing. If you haven’t flossed before, don’t be afraid and ask your dentist to help show you how.

Choosing the right tube

Choosing your toothpaste can seem like a daunting task. There are many different brands, types and price ranges – it can be confusing knowing which is right for you. Your dentist may be able to provide you with some samples of toothpaste to see how you get on and offer their advice when you attend your dental exam. As an adult, fluoride toothpaste is always recommended and can be used if you’re aged 6 or older. The toothpaste should always be spat out after brushing and not swallowed. Any child under 6 years should use a child’s toothpaste and your family dentist can advise again on what is best to use. There are also sometimes some handy labels on the packaging to let you know what age the toothpaste is recommended for. Our teams at Centre for Dentistry are always on hand to help you with your dental needs- pop into practice to speak to a member of our team.

Refine your technique

If you think that you may not be cleaning your teeth effectively, disclosing tablets are a great way to see if you’re doing a good job. You can also get the tablets in liquid form- both stain the new and old plaque on your teeth so you can see if there are any areas that you may be missing, helping you to clean your smile more effectively. If you’re using a tablet, it should be chewed and not swallowed, and the excess spat out into the sink before cleaning away the colour. These are also a great tool in teaching children how best to brush their teeth – always check if they’re old enough to use disclosing tablets/liquid and this should always be done under adult supervision.

The right tools for the job

Your toothbrush is an essential part of keeping your smile clean, and the same as other dental products, there are so many to choose from. Toothbrushes can be manual or electric, and the heads differ in size and softness. See your dentist or hygienist for more information about what toothbrush is right for you. We also offer a great discount on electric toothbrushes for our plan members! Your toothbrush or toothbrush head if you’re using an electric brush, should always be replaced every 3 months. – we’ve also compiled some top tips on how to keep brilliant bristles:

  • Rinse your toothbrush under running water after brushing
  • Store your toothbrush in a clean and dry place. You could use a toothbrush head cover if you have an electric one, or purchase a toothbrush holder to keep a manual toothbrush inside.
  • If you do use a toothbrush holder, ensure you wash this regularly.
  • You should never share your toothbrush as this will spread germs between people.
  • You should replace your toothbrush at a minimum every three months, or when you have been unwell or it starts to look worn down.
  • You should always wash your hands before brushing your teeth and touching anywhere near your mouth.
  • Toothbrushes should never be stored near the toilet, especially without a cover. It has been known that flushed particles can reach up to 10” high!

Visit your dentist to keep up your good work!

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is also great practice for excellent oral health. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while due to anxiety or fear, don’t worry as many people feel nervous of the dentist and we’re here to help!  At Centre for Dentistry, we are trying to combat dental anxiety and phobias and help you to feel at ease. You may be anxious of the dentist due to a negative past experience, or stories of bad appointments at the dentist from others. Dentistry has come such a long way over the past few years and we want you to believe that you shouldn’t feel nervous or worry about coming to the dentist. You can always come and have a chat with our friendly teams in our bright and modern practices. Pop in for a cuppa and a look around so you can get used to the practice. We always book plenty of time during your appointment so you can go at your own pace and ask as many questions as you’d like. Search for your local practice and book and appointment or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.