5 Tips To Improve Your Oral Hygiene
Importance of good Oral Hygiene
Looking after your mouth, teeth and gums doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does have to be a priority. Why? Because with poor oral care comes a whole host of problems.
Whether it’s infection, decay, inflamed gums, missing teeth or bone loss, the consequences can be very serious and, in the long-run, more expensive to put right. That’s why our dentists stress the importance of a good dental hygiene routine.
In this post, we will highlight some of the ways you can improve your oral hygiene, so you can feel confident you’re giving your mouth, teeth and gums the very best in care.
Brushing and flossing
You’ve probably heard your dentist tell you the importance of brushing, although almost half of Brits admit to not brushing twice a day! But did you know that flossing is equally as important? Whether you choose tape, floss or interdental brushes, ensuring you clean all of the nooks and crannies of your teeth helps to make sure that any hidden food and bacteria is cleaned away. Not only does this improve your overall oral hygiene, but it’ll help keep your breath smelling fresh, too.
Using a toothbrush that’s too hard could be wearing away your precious tooth enamel, or causing your gums to be red and sore. Our dentists recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is just as effective at cleaning your teeth, while being kind to your smile.
Don’t forget to change your toothbrush regularly! We recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months, and no more than 6 months, you should also change your tooth brush immediately after being unwell, and thoroughly clean your toothbrush with warm water after every use.
Having bad breath is usually a sign that something is wrong with your oral health. With gum disease or gingivitis being the main causes. If you spit blood after brushing or your gums are swollen and inflamed you may have a gum problem. Our expert dentists can identify the problem and treat it, as well as give you the help and advise you need to manage the problem yourself. Early detection is key as leaving gum disease untreated could result in tooth loss.
It might seem strange to suggest braces, such as Invisalign, can improve your oral hygiene, but in many cases, it’s true. Patients with crowded teeth can have trouble cleaning between them and a gappy smile can cause food to get stuck. Correctly aligning the teeth can help minimise both of these problems, as well as giving you a beautiful smile.
Only a dentist a or dental hygienist can truly give your mouth a deep clean – they also have the knowledge and skill to identify potential problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to ensure your teeth, gums and mouth are as health as possible!
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