We only get one set of teeth, so it’s important for us all to do the best we can to keep our oral health at its best. Good oral care can not only save you money at the dentist, but it can also ensure that you enjoy the confidence that comes from having a pristine set of pearly whites.
The basics of good oral health
Routine dental visits are only part of keeping your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible. In between your check-ups and treatments there are three practices that are key to maintaining oral hygiene and health, and these are:
While most of us may be familiar with these, many of us are guilty of shirking at least one of these three important oral care techniques. If you rigorously brush, floss and use mouthwash, then you probably have fantastically healthy teeth and gums! If you don’t however, it may be worth looking at where you can improve your oral care regime to keep your mouth hale and healthy for as long as possible.
Brushing as part of a good oral health routine
Healthy brushing is more than just dragging a brush across your teeth. A healthy routine will involve using a brush the right size for your mouth with a fluoride toothpaste. Each brushing session should be at least two minutes long and you should be careful to brush all of your teeth, including the harder to reach ones at the back.
You will need to replace your toothbrush every three months and you should always be careful not to press too hard or brush for too long, as this can damage your gums and teeth.
Flossing as part of a good oral health routine
You can effectively floss with inter-dental brushes or dental floss. Both of these will effectively and successfully clean between your teeth, and this is one of the best ways to prevent unwanted infection and plaque. Flossing is not the most pleasant practice for most people, but the benefits for your oral hygiene are remarkable.
Mouthwash as part of a good oral health routine
Routine mouth washing with an anti-bacterial mouthwash is one of the best ways to get rid of leftover bacteria and food debris from the nooks and crannies of your mouth. A lot of these can also very successfully protect your mouth for hours afterwards, and are therefore key to good oral health.
Following these three simple and straightforward oral hygiene practices will keep you and your dentist happy in the long term. For more information on visiting one of our hygienists, please contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.