According to dentists, the most important part of tooth protection happens at home. Brushing your teeth correctly twice a day, along with flossing and regular check-ups can help prevent a lifetime of problematic dental problems.
Brushing your teeth has long been considered a crucial part of good dental care. As long ago as 3000BC the Egyptians were making toothbrushes out of twigs and leaves. More modern research shows that brushing your teeth really does prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Clever, those Egyptians.
Brushing helps to remove plaque, an invisible layer of bacteria that develops on the enamel, that if left turns into tartar which can cause a whole range of dental problems. Tooth brushing also helps to stimulate gums which helps to keep them healthy.
Toothpastes contain foaming agents and detergents, most notably fluoride which helps to prevent cavities by removing plaque, so be sure to make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.
About one in ten of us accumulate tartar quickly so it is important that we brush our teeth correctly. Using anti-tartar toothpaste and making sure to brush near the salivary glands on the inside of the lower front teeth and outside of the upper back ones can help to keep the tartar at bay.
City of London dentists will be able to advise you on the most suitable toothpastes to use for your teeth and offer advice on how to clean your teeth properly and thoroughly. They may also be able to spot problems with enamel erosion caused by overly aggressive brushing.
Some people find that their teeth are overly sensitive to heat, cold and pressure. City of London dentists will be able to offer help on choosing which toothpaste can best help you avoid the pain of sensitive teeth. You can also talk to your dentist about the effectiveness of teeth whitening products.