Good oral health is not only vital to how your smile looks, but is also important for your overall health. Good oral hygiene helps to prevent a wide variety of different dental issues. Daily brushing using the right technique helps to keep bacteria in your mouth from reaching harmful levels that can eventually lead to problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Missing teeth and bad breath (halitosis) are not the only signs of deteriorating oral health. Other serious conditions can emerge. Poor oral health has been linked with heart disease and heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and even rheumatoid arthritis.
Visiting our Dental Hygiene team on a bespoke programme prescribed to you is an essential step. However, good oral health starts at home, so some are some tips we regularly give to patients.
Dental Hygiene Tip 1 – Use the correct brushing technique
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day: once after breakfast, and once before bed at night. To adequately remove the plaque from your teeth – this is the sticky substance on your teeth in which bacteria thrive – you need to spend a minimum of two minutes brushing. Start by placing the bristles of the toothbrush on the gum line, then gently brush the gum line in a circular motion before moving to the inner, outer and biting edges of your teeth.
Dental Hygiene Tip 2 – Eliminate bacterial between your teeth
Plaque that forms between your teeth can be some of the most difficult to remove. You should aim to use “interdental brushes” at least once a day – these are small brushes designed to fit in the gaps between your teeth.
If your not sure of your routine, or which brushes to use, your Dental Hygienist can provide advice. Make sure you ask them on your next visit.
Dental Hygiene Tip 3 – Watch your diet
Maintaining the right diet is important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A high intake of food and drink rich in sugar an increase your risk of tooth decay and erosion. This can lead to sensitivity, discolouration, decay and ultimately tooth loss.
Eating a healthy diet will help improve your oral health. For example, try replacing sugar with honey, or cordials and sports drinks with water, which is less acidic. Sugar-free chewing gum is also an excellent way to combat poor oral health as it promotes saliva production.