You can’t just rely on the help and advice of your City of London dentist, you need to take excellent care of your teeth at home too. It is a big responsibility because you only get one set of natural teeth and one can easily take them for granted. The cornerstones of this desirable routine of excellent care of your teeth are brushing and flossing and below you can find some handy hints and tips about how to improve the way you are carrying them out.
Give your teeth a bit of attention at least twice a day. The best times are thought to be first thing in the morning and last thing at night too. Many people like to do so after some of their meals too, especially if they have eaten a significant amount of sugar or starch (the biggest culprits when it comes to plaque production). The only danger here is over-brushing which can damage the gums and wear away the enamel from your teeth.
Make sure that your tooth brush is comfortable to hold and manoeuvre and with a head that is not overly large; remember, it needs to fit into all the corners of your mouth. Replace your brush (or the head if you use an electric tooth brush) whenever the bristles start to fray. At this point your brushing will be less effective so you will need to sort it out.
Using a tooth paste that contains fluoride will help to strengthen the enamel on your teeth and guard against the dangerous incursions of plaque that causes cavities. Flossing is the final piece in the jigsaw because it will rid your mouth of plaque that is in the gaps between teeth.