Good oral hygiene is a strong foundation for healthy smiles. If you’re keen to improve your dental hygiene, here are five fabulous tips:
- Don’t brush too hard: it’s easy to assume that the harder you brush, the better the results. But this isn’t true. If you brush too hard you can actually do more harm than good. Brushing aggressively can damage your enamel, making it weak and increasing the risk of decay and dental infections. When you’re brushing, it’s great to be thorough, but make sure you’re gentle too.
- Don’t brush after eating: you may think that brushing straight after eating is good for your teeth, but it can actually be harmful. When you eat, bacteria in your mouth produce acids, which attack and weaken your enamel. If you brush at this time, you can damage the enamel and make it thinner. After eating, we recommend waiting at least 45-60 minutes before you clean your teeth.
- Set a timer: are you always in a frantic rush in the mornings? Do you rush when you’re brushing? If so, setting a timer can help to make sure that you do a thorough job. Ideally, you should brush for at least two minutes, twice a day. Make sure cover every individual tooth and angle the head of the brush so that you can also cover the gum line. If you don’t have a timer on your toothbrush, use your phone, or brush along to a song.
- Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral that helps to reduce the risk of decay by strengthening your enamel. You sometimes find fluoride in tap water and it’s also added to toothpaste.
- Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months: when you brush your teeth, you’re aiming to remove food debris, bacteria and plaque. If your brush bristles are worn, they won’t do an effective job. This is why it’s important to swap your brush or change the head on an electric toothbrush every 3-4 months. If you need advice about brushing or choosing a new toothbrush, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist or dental hygienist.