General tips on oral healthcare
Your dentist will give you the best advice on how to look after your oral health; but here are a few tips on caring for your teeth and gums at home:
- Brush your teeth for a full two minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Set a timer if you think you may be cutting the time short!
- Don't just stop at brushing your teeth and gums - give your tongue a good brush too or use a tongue scraper. The back of the tongue can harbour bacteria which are a major factor in causing bad breath
- Floss every day. If you're struggling to get to grips with flossing, speak to your dentist or hygienist about techniques. it's also worth trying interdental brushes or floss holders - ask your dentist or hygienist for advice
- Replace your toothbrush or brush head every three months, and choose a brush that is small enough to reach every part of your mouth especially behind the back teeth which are often overlooked
- Consider using a power toothbrush if you feel you need more help. They often have in-built timers to help you monitor your two minutes of brushing
- Spit toothpaste out after brushing, don't rinse. If you rinse after brushing, you'll wash away some of the protective fluoride