London dentists recommend several easy to follow and simple steps for maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. It is all information you have probably heard before but the fact is, with dental decay and gum disease on the rise again and affecting millions of people each year, it would seem we can’t be told enough how best to look after our teeth. This is especially true when it comes to passing the information on to our children. With recent reports in to the terrible state of our children’s teeth, it never hurts to be reminded just how and why we look after our teeth.
The first and most important point is brushing. Using a soft bristled brush, angle the head towards the gums so that not only are you removing plaque but also stimulating and cleaning the gums at the same time. Dentists also say that using a brush with a smaller head will remove more plaque and bacteria as it can access more places in the mouth. Brushing correctly for three minutes, twice a day will help to remove sufficient bacteria to keep your mouth healthy.
Flossing is also very important as it removes plaque build up form the harder to reach areas of the mouth such as between the teeth and around their base. This is especially useful as it is often these areas that are the most prone to suffering from dental decay as they cannot be cleaned with brushing. Adding this routine to regular six-monthly check ups with your London dentist will give you a very good chance of avoiding dental diseases and keeping your mouth feeling and looking healthy.