The Dos and Don’ts of Good Oral Health

Many of us make an effort to work out and eat well, but how much thought do you give your oral health? Your oral health is linked to your general health, so taking good care of your teeth and gums is incredibly important. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you improve your dental health:

Dos

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste: brushing is the best way to prevent plaque. When you’re brushing, use fluoride toothpaste and set a timer for 2 minutes. Brush every tooth and be gentle.
  • Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months: if you’re brushing with an old brush, you won’t be able to do as good a job as you could with a new brush. If the bristles are worn, you won’t be able to achieve a deep clean, and your dental health may suffer.
  • Keep up to date with dental checks: seeing your dentist every 6-12 months can reduce your risk of developing decay and gum disease by up to 60 percent. If you have any issues between check-ups, don’t wait and hope that they go way. Give us a call and arrange an appointment sooner.

Don’ts

  • Brush straight after eating: you may think that brushing straight after eating will do your teeth the power of good, but it can actually be harmful. This is because our enamel becomes softer when you eat, and it takes time for it to recover. If you brush when the enamel is weak, this can contribute to accelerated wear and tear. Wait around an hour after eating to brush.
  • Snack: if you can avoid snacking, your oral health will benefit hugely. Snacking means that the enamel is under attack throughout the day and soft constantly, which increases the risk of erosion and damage. Try and eat three main meals, and if you are hungry between meals, choose sugar-free or low-sugar snacks, such as raw vegetables or whole grain toast.