When it comes to your teeth, one of the most important aspects of dental health is oral hygiene. Keeping your teeth clean will help to fight dental disease and improve the health of your teeth. In fact, unlike most other areas of the body, your own actions will have a direct result on you’re ability to avoid dental disease.
This is because dental disease such as tooth decay and gum disease is caused by a build up of a sticky substance called plaque. This builds up around the teeth and gums if not removed and releases acids which erode tooth enamel and gum tissue. Plaque will eventually harden and become tartar if not removed by brushing and flossing, which cannot be removed by conventional cleaning and will need to be scraped clean by a dentist.
Effective oral hygiene mostly consists of brushing and flossing at home. Braintree dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for three minutes twice a day. This will help to remove plaque and other bacteria from the surface of the teeth. It is best to use a soft bristled brush angled at forty-five degrees to the teeth. This will help to remove plaque more efficiently and also stimulate gum tissue helping to keep it healthy.
Flossing is very important because it removes plaque and bacteria from areas of the mouth that are very difficult to reach with a toothbrush. This includes the small spaces between the teeth and also around the base in the pockets between the teeth and gums. It is these areas that are harder to reach that are often the initial location of dental disease so you should floss at least once every day. This will also help to remove food particles, which are the cause of many cases of bad breath. It is also very important to team good oral hygiene with regular visits to your dentist. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.