Mouthwash Matters: How To Protect Your Teeth May 9th, 2014

2904341_blogGood oral hygiene is the best way to protect your teeth from cavities and keep your gums healthy.

We recommend devoting 5 minutes of your day to brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth to lower your risk of oral diseases and keep your smile looking sparkly and bright.

Brushing and flossing

Brushing forms the cornerstone of good oral hygiene and you should brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time. Brushing should encompass all areas of the mouth and you should try to angle the head of your toothbrush so that you cover the surfaces and also the gum line to remove as much bacteria as possible. Try not to brush too hard, as this can damage the enamel.

After brushing, it is a good idea to floss. This involves passing a piece of dental floss through the cracks between the teeth and along the gum line. Flossing helps to clean areas of your mouth, which you may not have been able to reach properly with your toothbrush.

Using mouthwash

Mouthwash can help to cleanse your mouth, wash away any remaining food debris and keep your breath smelling clean and fresh. It is a good idea to rinse after eating, especially if you are prone to bad breath.

It is important that mouthwash is used in tandem with brushing and flossing, rather than as a replacement for brushing.

We recommend alcohol-free mouthwash.

Choosing the right oral hygiene products

There are myriad oral hygiene products out there and it can be tricky choosing which ones to put in your basket; if you are unsure which products are best for you and you would like advice, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist or dental hygienist.