We want to help you maintain good oral hygiene, here are six top tips to help you maintain good oral hygiene and take care of your teeth and mouth! Remember, your mouth is a window to your general health.
In recent years studies have shown that dental disease can be linked to diseases within the body such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. That is why ensuring your own home care is of the highest standard is essential! The following is some advice on how to keep your mouth nice and healthy!
1. Brushing twice daily
It is important to brush twice daily, with a soft simple flat headed toothbrush. It’s important to focus on the gum line as plaque always migrates towards the gums. Use a fluoride toothpaste also, it helps strengthen the tooth surface against decay.
Despite adverts for toothbrushes claiming to clean in between the teeth, nothing cleans better than floss or interdental brushes, especially designed for these nooks and crannies. It is important to use floss or an interdental brush in between your teeth to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
3. Avoid snacking
Aim to only have three main meals a day, with minimal snacking. Snacking promotes more plaque acid in the mouth which in turn leaves the tooth surfaces more susceptible to decay. Sometimes it is not the food we eat but the frequency of what we eat. It is important for the teeth to have a recovery period after every acid attack. If you are peckish, try snack on popcorn, cheese, milk or water.
4. Change your toothbrush regularly
Like any product once it begins to wear it becomes less effective so it is important to change your tooth brush when the bristles start to lose their shape or every three months.
5. Try to quit smoking
Smoking is a very well researched cause of gum disease. It contains lots of toxins that can disguise the normal signs of gum disease and because of these toxins your tartar can be more aggressive and destroy tooth tissue quicker than for a non-smoker.
6. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly
It is important to see your dentist and hygienist regularly for dental check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist will identify any teeth that may need fillings or look at risk and monitor them. Your hygienist will clean your teeth and advise you on the best tools suited to you to keep your home care up to scratch.
Learn more about our oral hygiene care service at Grand Canal Dental Clinic.
If you require any further information on how we can help you maintain good dental health contact us at Grand Canal Dental Clinic, Dublin 4 on 016643484 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org