Looking After Your Teeth

It is important to look after your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease which can lead to further medical problems

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

  • Brush at least twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, ensuring all tooth surfaces and gums are brushed. Spit, don’t rinse after brushing. Brushing your teeth not only helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease but also bad breath. If plaque is allowed to build up, especially around the gum margins, the gums can become red and inflamed which can lead to bone loss/mobile teeth
  • Use interdental aids, such as floss and interdental brushes once a day. This helps to remove plaque from between the teeth, the areas which your toothbrush cannot reach
  • Use a flouride mouthwash daily, try to use it at a different time to brushing as this will help to maximise the effect
  • Limit sugar intake (limit sugary foods and try to drink at meal times, only and avoid snacking in between meals - this allows the remineralisation process to take place and repair any damage to the teeth)
  • Limit cigarette/alcohol intake (smoking causes gum disease and bad breath, preferably quit smoking)
  • Attend the Dentist on a regular basis. This allows your teeth and all soft tissues to be examined closely and any problems rectified. The Dentist can also give you information about how to look after your mouth properly)

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a soft substance that builds up on your teeth. It is mostly made up of bacteria, which feeds on sugar from food and drink. These bacteria then produce acids as a waste product that attack the teeth by dissolving the minerals in the tooth surface. If this happens too often, tooth decay results. This is why it is important to limit the intake of sugary food and drink and avoid snacking. A good oral hygiene regime is also necessary to prevent dental problems.
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