Dental health is something that we all know we need to keep on top of, but do we really know the ins and outs of how? We have collated a list of tips and suggestions to help you on your way to optimum dental health
Brush at least twice a day
This one might seem a bit obvious, but brushing twice a day is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth. The NHS suggest brushing for 2 minutes before bedtime and then on one other occasion during the day. Morning and night seem to be the most popular time’s of day to brush. Brush in slow, circular motions with a soft to medium bristle toothbrush for optimum results.
Be sure to floss
Flossing is sometimes considered to be just as important as brushing. Using a floss, dental tape or even interdental brushes can remove food debris and lower your risk of developing gum disease. The NHS recommends that people should start using floss and/or interdental brushes from the age of 12.
Don’t forget to clean your tongue
Bacteria and plaque can also build up on your tongue which can lead to bad breath and other oral health problems. Consider buying a tongue scraper/brush to keep your mouth clean, or gently brushing your tongue with your normal toothbrush can work too!
Opt for a natural mouthwash
Use aloe vera whole leaf juice as a mouth wash: many types of mouthwash contain alcohol, harsh chemicals, sweeteners and artificial flavours and colourings, which may, with repeated use, disport the beneficial bacteria in the mouth that support healthy teeth and gums.
Get regular dental check-ups
it is recommended to receive a minimum of 2 dental check-ups per year. Not only can dentists provide any treatments you may need, but they can also detect any issues before they arise and introduce preventative measures.
Eat the right foods to keep your mouth healthy
Avoid sugar to keep your mouth healthy: Sugary foods and drinks (including fruit juices) can lead to overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the mouth resulting in increased plaque, gum disease and even dental caries. Acids found in sugary drinks can also damage tooth enamel so be careful what you eat and drink!
To learn more about dental health and the importance of oral hygiene, join Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD and Anthony Haynes RNT BA (Hons) on our upcoming ‘Dental Health’ webinar on Tuesday 30th July 2019:
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