In our busy lives many of us overlook our oral hygiene. It can be easy to forget to brush your teeth or just be too tired or too busy to get around to it. However, looking after our oral health is incredibly important and with that in mind we thought we’d look at some quick tips to keep your teeth in great condition.
Brush Twice a day
Whilst we’ve been told this for all time it can be easy to forget. Brushing twice a day reduces the build-up of plaque and is essential for good oral health. Ensure that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride as this can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel and make it more resistant to tooth decay.
Buy a better tooth brush
Electric toothbrushes clean up to 60% more plaque from your teeth. Invest in a good quality toothbrush like the ones from Oral B and get soft bristled heads. These will do the least damage to your gums and will make sure that your teeth remain healthy and strong.
Chew Chewing Gum
Chewing gum for just 10 minutes can remove 100 million bacteria from your mouth. If you regularly chew you will reduce your risk of gingivitis dramatically and you will help remove plaque. Chew after meals, snacks and throughout the day to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Teeth cleaning alone really doesn’t let you clean all your mouth. Flossing between your teeth at least once a day reduces the risk of gum disease and stops cavities forming between your teeth. This is essential to keep your teeth clean.
Mouthwash helps kill germs and bacteria in your mouth. It is also a great way to get between your teeth and clean the hard to reach plaque. Always use a mouthwash that contains fluoride as it incorporates into the enamel coating of your teeth, and can help protect against cavities in people who are susceptible. Make sure you use mouthwash at least twice a day to get the best effect.
It sounds ridiculous but if you have bad breath or find that your tongue is covered in plaque you can use a tongue scraper to improve your breath and your oral hygiene. A tongue scraper removes plaque and debris from your tongue effectively.
Eat Deterrent Foods
Many foods in our natural diet actually help to clean our teeth. Apple’s, Carrots, Celery and Popcorn all have cleaning effects on our teeth as do many other hard foods. They help absorb or scrape off plaque in our mouth. Try to eat more of these and eat them last during a meal – this helps reduce plaque build-up.
Regular dental check ups
If you want to keep your mouth healthy you need to go to the dentist. Even the best oral hygiene routine won’t be able to deal with every potential problem. Twice yearly dental check-ups will mean you can deal with any problems before they become serious.