1. Brush twice daily
Brushing your teeth for two minutes gets rid of the germs and bacteria that cause tooth decay. It’s important to start the day with a good brush in the morning but even more important to brush before going to bed to remove the build-up created throughout the day. For the best results, use a toothpaste containing fluoride and an electric toothbrush as the circular motion helps remove plaque build-up. Always rinse your toothbrush well and replace every three months or when the brush becomes irregular.
2. Don't skip the floss
Flossing isn’t just about removing that pesky piece of chicken from between your teeth. By flossing once a day, you will help stimulate the gums, help to lower inflammation and reduce plaque build-up preventing gum disease.
3. Use a mouthwash
A mouthwash can act as a third line of defence in protecting your gums and teeth. A good swish and gargle once a day can lower acidity in the mouth and help clean areas that are difficult to reach with a brush or floss. Always use an alcohol-free mouthwash wherever possible.
4. Be mindful of your diet
Fresh crunchy fruit and vegetables are best when it comes to your teeth. Be aware of hidden sugar in your food as it converts to acidity in the mouth, which can erode the enamel of your teeth leading to cavities. Drinking water after a meal will flush out some of the acidity and protect your teeth.
5. Protect your teeth
Wear a mouth guard or full-face helmet if you are playing a sport that could potentially damage your teeth. If you do lose a tooth, try to hold it in place. If that’s not possible, wrap it in plastic or place in milk until you can seek dental advice. Only use your teeth for chewing food. Don’t risk chipping your teeth opening packages or bottles!
6. Regular check ups
Above all, schedule regular check-ups with your dentist. A check and clean should be done at least once if not twice a year to ensure the health of your teeth. However, if you feel any irregular tenderness or bleeding in your gums or have a toothache, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
For more information or advice on a range of dental products to maintain good oral health, visit your nearest Ramsay Pharmacy.