A healthy mouth leads to a healthy smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day is usually not enough to maintain your dental hygiene and to ensure that your mouth is healthy. A healthy smile requires dedication and commitment. Good oral hygiene can prevent teeth from rotting, bad breath and gum disease amongst other dental issues. There are many ways in which you can help to maintain your dental hygiene and to prevent any dental problems that may arise in the future. Understanding what products and techniques are right for your teeth is of utmost importance and can help to improve your overall health.
Tips and general advice on how to keep a healthy mouth
MANUAL VS ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH
It is recommended that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day in order to keep on top of your dental hygiene. There have been many years of debate whether a manual or electric toothbrush is better for your dental health. Generally speaking, the choice is down to personal preference as both types can be just as effective at removing plaque and preventing dental issues if used correctly. However, many professionals believe that an electric toothbrush can be more effective when cleaning your teeth for several reasons:
It provides a consistent cleaning routine similar to that of a dentist clean.
It encourages you to brush for the duration of the recommended two minutes.
It can remove up to 100% more plaque than the standard manual toothbrush, preventing tooth decay and bad breath.
It is gentler on your teeth and gums than a manual toothbrush, reducing the problem of receding gums, which can lead to sensitive teeth.
However, effective cleaning is all down to the way in which you brush. Make sure to brush all areas of your teeth, including the front and the back. Ensure that you are kind to your gums, brushing your teeth gently and in a circular motion to clean as much plaque away as possible. Top tip: replace your toothbrush/the head of your toothbrush every three to four months to ensure that your teeth continue to been cleaned thoroughly.
REACHING THE AREAS THAT YOUR TOOTHBRUSH CAN’T
Flossing correctly helps to target the areas between your teeth and your gums that your toothbrush cannot easily reach in order to eliminate plaque and tartar. The build-up of plaque can result in serious dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Therefore, it is recommended to floss on a daily basis.
To start flossing correctly, it is suggested to use approximately 18 inches of dental floss. This may sound like a lot, however, you want to ensure that you use a clean piece of floss for each tooth. Top tip: wrap the end of the piece of floss around your two middle fingers to ensure that the dental floss is tight to maximise efficiency. Be careful not to cut your gums, which can cause bleeding and also don’t forget about those back teeth!
CHOOSING PRODUCTS THAT ARE MOST SUITED TO YOU
When shopping for toothpaste, we are faced with an endless array of possibilities. Knowing what toothpaste is best suited for you can transform the way that your teeth look and feel. Common problems areas for dental hygiene can include:
Loss of white colour of teeth
Many people buy a toothpaste with a specific function which targets only one of these problem areas. By doing so, it can neglect other crucial areas of dental hygiene that can lead to other problems in the future. Therefore, it is recommended to purchase a multi-purpose toothpaste to improve the overall health of your mouth. Top tip: don’t rinse after brushing your teeth to retain all the beneficial qualities of the toothpaste.
Routine & Diet
There is no denying that a consistent, daily dental routine is extremely beneficial to maintain a healthy smile. Once you have mastered a routine that suits you and your teeth, you will begin to realise how easy it is to sustain. It is important to note that your lifestyle and diet can have a direct impact on your teeth. Top tip: try to avoid excess carb intake, as the sugars that can be found in starchy foods can cause further damage to your teeth.
Regular visits to your dentist will also contribute to upholding immaculate oral hygiene. Having a good relationship with your dentist will encourage you to visit more regularly and will make you feel more confident about your teeth. At Glasgow Dentists, we provide a high-quality service to ensure that your teeth are kept in their best condition. Contact us today for more details.