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Looking After Your Teeth: Daily Routine Tips

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shutterstock_144113656Your teeth are extremely important. Not just for your physical appearance, but also for your general health. Healthy teeth help you eat and speak properly, so it’s important you spend as much time and effort looking after your teeth as you do maintaining your face and body. Taking good care of your teeth will keep your smile looking good, and help  you prevent conditions such as gum disease and tooth loss.

The easiest way to ensure your teeth are well looked after between regular visits to your dentist is to incorporate effective oral hygiene practices into your daily routine.

Brushing

shutterstock_111395591This is the one basic thing that most of us do daily. You should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice per day, or even after every meal. Use a soft tooth brush as, if it’s too hard, it can actually damage the enamel on your teeth and hurt your gums. When brushing, pay careful attention to each tooth, and develop a routine to follow each time you brush your teeth so you don’t miss any. Two minutes is usually enough to cover all of your teeth, from all angles.

Flossing

shutterstock_151699403This is something that many of us forget to do or – more often than not – are too lazy to do. You should floss your teeth on a daily basis. Cut a good length of floss and wrap it between your fingertips to ensure you get a nice tight line. Slide the floss between your teeth, being careful not to go too far or too fast as you can cut your gums.  Follow the line and surface of the tooth to ensure you cover the entire surface area, and do the same with every tooth.

Scraping your tongue

shutterstock_185019674Many people don’t realise that the tongue is a hot spot for germs. It can actually house more bacteria than any other part of the mouth. Some dentists recommend brushing your tongue to help remove bacteria, but general consensus is that the most effective solution is to use a specifically designed tongue scraper. This will ensure you keep your tongue in the cleanest possible state and your mouth free of unnecessary bacteria.

shutterstock_176773430Toothpaste

It’s important to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, as this helps to prevent decay and strengthen the teeth. There are lots of variations of toothpastes nowadays (with formulas for whitening, protection, and sensitive teeth) but fluoride should be the absolute minimum requirement when selecting an appropriate toothpaste.

Mouthwash

shutterstock_170620676Rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing can help kill any lingering bacteria and remove plaque, helping to reduce the risk of gum disease. It also leaves your mouth feeling fresh, clean, and can even safeguard against bad breath, which is usually caused by bacteria. There are also some mouthwash variants that are used prior to brushing to help loosen plaque before you brush your teeth, resulting in a more thorough clean.

Diet

shutterstock_146199584Ensuring you are well hydrated, avoiding sugar, and not eating/drinking sugar-filled foods and drinks is a good start to a disciplined diet. Avoiding snacks between meals is also a good way to limit foods that could cause damage to your teeth. If you must snack or you don’t get time to brush between meals, chewing sugar free gum can be a good way to generate saliva, which will keep your mouth fresh and protect your teeth in the meantime.

Regular dental visits

shutterstock_94074964Seeing your dentist at least once every six months is extremely important, as it gives you the opportunity to ensure that everything is in order and receive a good professional clean. By practicing good daily oral hygiene habits at home and booking in with your dentist regularly, you are maximising your chances of a healthy mouth and healthy teeth.

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