When it comes to dental health, prevention is always better than cure and a good oral hygiene routine will stand you in good stead to fight off nasty bacteria and keep gum disease and decay at arm’s length. Here are 7 awesome oral hygiene tips to spring clean your mouth:
- Use an electric toothbrush: electric toothbrushes have been proven to remove plaque more efficiently than traditional brushes. Electric brushes oscillate very quickly for a thorough clean and they are easy to use. You needn’t spend a fortune to buy a good brush and you simply replace the heads every few months, rather than entire brush. Try to opt for a brush with a small head, as these are easier to manoeuvre into the corners of the mouth.
- Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral that is sometimes added to tap water and toothpaste. It helps to reduce the risk of decay by strengthening the tooth enamel.
- Brush along to your favourite song: this is not just a way of making brushing slightly more exciting – it also helps to make sure you brush for the recommend time. You could also buy a brush with a timer or set a stopwatch on your phone or watch.
- Brush gently: you may think that brushing as hard as you can is the best way of achieving a deep clean. However, brushing firmly can actually do more damage than good, as it may harm the enamel (the protective outer shell of the tooth).
- Floss daily: brushing is essential, but it’s important not to overlook the importance of flossing. Flossing gets rid of plaque and food debris from in between the teeth and gum line, and helps to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. If you don’t like flossing, you could also use inter-dental brushes, which are tiny hand-held brushes specifically designed to clean between the teeth.
- See a dental hygienist: even the most thorough clean with an electric toothbrush can’t compare to the intensity of a hygiene session. Dental hygienists use specially designed tools and the latest cleaning techniques to achieve a deep clean, which will leave your mouth feeling fresh and your teeth sparkling.
- Wait to brush after eating: when you eat, your enamel softens temporarily and brushing straight afterwards can cause damage to your teeth. Try to wait 45-60 minutes after eating to brush. This is particularly important with sweet and acidic foods and drinks.