Dentists cannot stress the importance of daily dental hygiene and its positive effects on dental health. Effective brushing and cleaning can help to keep tooth decay and gum disease from destroying your teeth and gums. This happens because effective brushing and flossing removes the plaque which builds up on the teeth and breaks down enamel and gum tissue.
Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for three minutes. This should be done with a soft bristled brush for maximum enamel removal and preferably using a brush with a small head for easier access to the difficult to reach areas. The brush should be angled at forty-five degrees to the teeth so that the gums are also brushed but be careful not to press too hard as gum tissue can erode and will not grow back.
It is also important to floss daily to remove bacteria and plaque from the hard to reach areas between teeth and around the base. Much decay begins in these areas and food particles trapped there are often the cause of bad breath. Other cleaning tools are also encouraged such as inter-dental brushes and tongue cleaners. These can help to remove more bacteria keeping the mouth clean.
West London dentists are available to give further cleaning advice and can draw up a cleaning plan on conjunction with a dental hygienist to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. Just by taking a few extra minutes each day to thoroughly clean your teeth you could save yourself the pain and anxiety of dental problems later in life.