Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly.
Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Looking after your teeth on a daily basis, including brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop… which can mean less dreaded trips to the dentist! This is much less painful and expensive than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. We’ve worked with the experts at Colgate to pull together some handy tips on brushing correctly, and maintaining good oral hygiene.
Top tips for top teeth
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes in the morning and last thing at night. Never brush your teeth straight after a meal as it can damage your teeth, especially if you’ve had fruit, fizzy drinks, wine or any other food that contains acid. Follow our brushing technique below:
Tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals. Limiting the amount of sugar you eat and drink is important to prevent tooth decay. Try and restrict sugary food and drink to mealtimes, and swap your sugary snack for a piece of fruit.
Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, this will help to prevent and control cavities.
Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay and get rid of any bacteria or leftover food you may have missed while brushing.
Don’t use a mouthwash straight after brushing, however, and don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes after using mouthwash. If you use a mouthwash with alcohol, you may get a very dry mouth. You can avoid this by using an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Floss daily! Flossing helps to prevent gum disease and bad breath by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance made of bacteria, which can irritate the gums and cause swelling. Check out our dental floss and tools, which will help to keep your mouth feeling fresh.
Follow our flossing technique below:
Use about 18″ of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.
Gently follow the curves of your teeth.
Be sure to clean beneath the gumline, but avoid snapping the floss.
The most important time to floss is before going to bed, and you can floss before or after brushing. You can use interdental brushes instead of flossing, especially if your teeth are very close together and you find it difficult to manoeuvre dental floss through the gaps. We have a range of interdental brushes with different sized heads.
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