Learn basic dental care from City of London dentist October 1st, 2010

When it comes to looking after the health of your teeth, there are a few basic steps you can take to keep them clean, healthy and in the best possible condition. Brushing your teeth twice a day for three minutes as advised by City of London dentists and flossing at least once a day will help to keep the teeth clean and free from decay-causing plaque and tartar.

When we eat food, tiny particles get trapped in the small spaces between the teeth and also in the grooves of the enamel and around the base of the teeth. Bacteria forms on these particles and creates a sticky film called plaque which will coat the teeth and will attract more bacteria each time we eat. This bacteria decays and releases acid which will slowly start to erode the tooth enamel. When this starts to happen, the more sensitive inner parts of the teeth are exposed to the bacteria and an infection can easily start to build up. This is called tooth decay and will eventually lead to the destruction of the dental nerve and the loss of the tooth.

This can all be prevented by the removal of this bacteria and plaque by effective brushing. Cleaning the teeth with toothpaste and a toothbrush will strip the bacteria from the teeth and make it harder for plaque to cling to the teeth. This is why dentists always recommend cleaning the teeth after eating, as this is when the teeth are at their most vulnerable.

Flossing helps to remove the plaque from the more difficult to reach areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can not get to. Cleaning in tandem like this will give you the best possible chance of avoiding dental conditions and having a check up every six months will also ensure that your teeth are as healthy as possible.