DENTAL HYGIENE | WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
What You Should Do
- Brush your teeth twice a day – This will help to remove any plaque and bacteria from your teeth, providing protection against tooth decay and erosion. However, make sure you don’t brush your teeth too vigorously, as this can lead to damage in itself. If you have eaten something particularly sugary or high in acidity, then you may choose to brush your teeth afterwards.
- Floss your teeth every day – You should floss your teeth at least once a day. This will help to remove bits of food and any bacteria that get caught up in the gaps between your teeth. If you floss only once a day then it is advised you do so before going to bed. It may also be beneficial if you floss after each meal.
- Use mouthwash – Mouthwash is another important element in the process of cleaning your teeth. Mouthwash can reach the areas that a toothbrush cannot, and can help to remove any bacteria or bits of food that get caught around the teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Mouthwashes can be used to treat gum disease if you have it or protect your gums if you don’t.
- Use fluoride based dental products – Fluoride is essential in the fight against tooth decay. It is an ingredient in most toothpaste and is also present in tap water in 10% of the UK (either occurring naturally or added).
- Visit your hygienist regularly – There are many health benefits of professional tooth cleaning. You can also gain a much better insight into the correct use of products such as floss, mouth rinses, toothpastes, toothbrushes and Xylitol.