Take care of your teeth! You only get one set and it’s important to keep them as a pearly-white as possible. That’s never going to be easy, even your five-a-day can end up doing a lot of damage to your teeth; citrus acid from an orange is incredibly harmful to your enamel! However, by following a solid regime that really doesn’t take that much effort at all, you can maintain all 32 of your gnashers to the highest standard.
Telling you to brush your teeth is almost redundant. However, knowing how to brush them can be of major benefit. Brushing back and forth as the majority of people do actually damages the enamel by brushing against the grain. Equally, brushing too hard can further erode the enamel, whilst brushing too soft won’t clean them properly. The best technique is to brush with the consistency of a gentle massage in an up and down motion following the grain of the tooth. You can gain more information with this interview on The Guardian’s health and wellbeing blog with Dr Ogo Eze, whose practice can be found here – Dentistw2. Often people face the choice of a manual or electric toothbrush and there are benefits to both. Personally, I would recommend an electric toothbrush, but it’s a very competitive market out there, so knowing which one to buy can be a difficult choice. Thankfully, Which? have come up with this handy guide to help make the process a little easier.
The main thing you need to know about mouthwash is that you should always opt for the alcohol-free versions. Because of the nature of mouthwash, that is, you tend to keep it in your mouth for a longer time than most drinks and swill it around, the alcohol stays on the teeth for a lot longer. For more information on mouthwash and how it works to help combat bad dental hygiene, check out this article from The Facts About…, and for the greatest range of mouthwash and dental hygiene products, check out Dental Shop to pick up everything you’ll need. It’s important to note that using mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing, but should rather be used as well as brushing as an overall cleaning routine.
Flossing is important as part of your routine as it helps to reach the parts of the mouth that brushing simply can’t. Flossing in between the teeth helps clean the stains that brushes can’t, so it’s a vitally important job. It can actually be a rather technical procedure to achieve the best results, but you shouldn’t let that put you off, just take a look at this 3D animated video from the British Dental Association to see how easy it can be.
Unfortunately, even the most fastidious flosser, washer and brusher can fall foul of a few pitfalls or accidents. In such instances the only option is to seek professional help like the kind offered by Manor Dental Care. Dental implants and restorative procedures will be necessary for many people, but it’s also important to note that they carry out preventive care to help strengthen your teeth and avoid future mishaps. Much of this prevention can be undertaken by yourself with your daily dental hygiene routine, but one of the features is that professional help can help spot mouth cancer early. For more information on mouth cancer and how to prevent it, take a look at this information pack from BUPA.
Good dental care doesn’t have to be a laborious process. A solid routine with regular dentist check-ups will have avoid most of the misfortune you might suffer, and you can keep on flashing that winning smile.