Everybody wants a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Sometimes, however, we seem to be bombarded with information on what we should and shouldn’t do, on new products we should be using and fads we should be getting excited about.
Luckily, maintaining a healthy mouth and practicing good oral hygiene is actually very easy – all you need to do is follow these four simple and time-tested steps.
1. Firstly, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste as least twice a day. Brushing your teeth should take no less than two full minutes.
Begin by tilting your toothbrush at about a 45 degree angle against the gum line and sweeping or rolling the brush away from this line. Gently brush the outside, inside and the chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
We recommend soft-bristle toothbrushes to care for your gums and enamel. Don’t brush too vigorously, or you’ll do more harm than good. And don’t forget to clean your tongue too for a completely healthy mouth, as this helps to remove bacteria that can lead to halitosis or bad breath.
2. Secondly, floss as often as possible. Flossing is just as important as brushing to a healthy mouth, but is often forgotten about.
The proper technique behind flossing involves holding the floss between your thumb and fingers so that a short segment is ready to work with. Guide the floss gently between two teeth. If the fit is tight, use a back-and-forth motion to work the floss through the narrow gap.
You should hold the floss around the front and back of a tooth, forming it into a “C” shape. Gently move the floss towards the base of the tooth and into the space between tooth and gum. Move the floss up and down with varying pressure to skim off plaque in the area.
3. Thirdly, rinse with mouthwash daily.
Up to 80 per cent of bacteria in our mouth are not actually on our teeth, and antibacterial mouthwash can help to prevent this build-up to bacteria in the oral cavity. We recommend using a non-alcohol mouthwash, as it is less irritating to the throat and soft tissues of the mouth and less likely to lead to dry mouth.
4. Fourthly, visit the dentist at least once every six months.
Regular check-ups with your dentist are important to remove plaque and identify cavities along with other potential oral health problems. Your dentist will also be able to advise you on proper brushing and flossing techniques to help you maintain a healthy mouth and good oral health throughout your life.
Call us here at Dental Care Partnership on 0121 354 1922 to book an appointment with one of our friendly team.