Here are five top oral health tips that you can use on an everyday basis to help keep your mouth in good condition.
Tip number one: brush your teeth twice a day. That’s super important because if you consider how we clean our teeth, we’ve got to make sure we start our day with a clean mouth and end it with a clean mouth. If you imagine the number of times we’ve eaten, the number of activities that we’ve done, the mouth is quite a hostile environment. So you’ve got to make sure you’re brushing twice a day.
Tip number two: how to brush correctly. The electric toothbrushes nowadays make our job so much easier because it’s literally just a matter of holding the toothbrush and the toothbrush head over the teeth, for the right amount of time. But if you do prefer to use a manual toothbrush, you’ve got to make sure that you’re not scrubbing small circular movements along. That’s really important because you don’t want to be applying too much pressure. Studies have shown that small circular movements do a much more thorough job at keeping the mouth clean.
Tip number three: flossing. Flossing or using other floss alternatives like interdental brushes are really important because they facilitate cleaning between the teeth. The toothbrush can only do so much and actually it’s the areas between the teeth that we frequently miss. and that’s the role of flossing or interdental brushing. Using a special tool to clean between the teeth to remove any bacteria or food debris that collects there.
Tip number four: see the hygienist regularly. The hygienist has an instrumental role in helping you to look after your gums and mouth. Seeing the hygienist regularly helps to just remove bacteria from those areas, those stubborn pockets, those difficult to clean areas which we all have in our mouth.
Tip number five: see your dentist regularly. The dentist has an important role in picking up on anything that might be abnormal, also helping you and coaching you to look after your teeth, giving you feedback of how to improve, and then tracking your progress and doing any work as and when it’s necessary. Things like tooth decay or gum disease are particular areas the dentist will focus in on and you’re going to want to make sure that you’re seeing the dentist at least every six months and patients who have active problems even more frequently.
Hope that you found those five top tips useful and important and start embedding them into your everyday lifestyle, because they’re going to really help keep your teeth and gums healthy