Maintaining good overall hygiene means keeping your mouth smelling and looking healthy. You will need to take care that teeth are kept clean and that bits of food do not collect in them, that you do not regularly have bad breath, and that your gums are not bleeding as you floss or brush.

Good oral hygiene

If you do suffer from any of these things, there could be a dental problem that requires treatment. You should visit your dentist as soon as possible so that any issues can be identified. The dentist can also advise you on any techniques that will be useful in keeping good oral hygiene, as well as identifying any particular parts of the mouth that you need to focus on.

Preventing the build-up of plaque by looking after your teeth and gums is vital for your well-being. Having healthy teeth enables you to speak and eat well as well as helping you feel and look good.

Flossing and brushing

The best way to stop dental problems resulting from plaque is to take daily measures to stop it forming. Flossing and brushing on a daily basis will prevent you needing costly and painful treatments for serious conditions that have developed.

As well as regular check-ups with your dentist, the simple measures you can take to prevent the development of problems such as gum disease and tooth decay include the following:

  • Brushing teeth properly twice every day and flossing on a daily basis
  • Avoid snacking between meals and try to ensure your diet is balanced
  • Use toothpaste and other dental products containing fluoride
  • If it is approved by your dentist, use a fluoride mouthwash to rinse your mouth

For more information please contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Adults and children alike should typically get a new toothbrush every three months. However, if you suffer fro gum disease, you need to change toothbrushes with more frequently. Dentists recommend that patients with gum disease get a new toothbrush every four to six weeks to ensure that bacteria does not build up in the bristles. When selecting a new toothbrush, you should find one with soft bristles with rounded tips. This ensures that the bristles do not cause damage to the soft tissues of your mouth. Hard bristles with edged tips may cause trauma to your gums and should be avoided. When considering the shape of the head of your new toothbrush, it’s best to go with what is most comfortable for you, personally. Look for the design you know suits your mouth and can help you easily reach the harder to reach spots. Some patients also prefer handles to have good rubber grips. If you are considering an electric toothbrush, you should get one with rotation oscillation technology. This type of electric toothbrush has proven to be more effective than manual toothbrushes because the head of the toothbrush goes in circles and also back and forth. Don’t be fooled by cheap electric toothbrushes that are no more effective than a good old manual toothbrush. If in doubt, it is best to check with your dentist in Harlow for recommendations. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.