Starting an oral health routine that works for you

Having a good oral health routine is very important for the overall health of your teeth and gums. Without any oral hygiene, bacteria, dirt, and plaque can attack your teeth, leading to stained or rotting teeth, and painful gums.

It is never too late to begin an oral health routine, even if you have previously or currently are suffering from tooth decay. While you cannot go back and prevent the damage from occurring, you can help to stop any further damage to your teeth and gums.

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you and you want your smile to give off the best impression possible. It is important that your oral hygiene routine suits you or you may be unlikely to follow it. These simple tips are easy to follow and will set you on the right path to the perfect smile.

Brushing two to three times a day

Brushing your teeth is the simplest of steps towards good oral health and the one thing we can all do. Leading dentists at London Dental Smiles recommend that you brush your teeth after every meal for at least 3 minutes; once in the morning, once after lunch and once in the evening. You should use a toothpaste which is designed to protect your teeth and gums and brush for the full three minutes without rinsing while you brush in order to get rid of any lingering food particles or bacteria which may degrade your teeth and gums. Many people may find that brushing their teeth after lunch simply doesn’t fit in with their lifestyle if they are busy with work or other activities. Many dentists understand this and believe as long as you brush in the morning and evening then this is better than simply not brushing at all.

Flossing

Flossing your teeth involves using a thin strip of dental floss to remove food debris from the small gaps between your teeth. Whilst brushing helps to rid your mouth of bacteria and food, often small pieces get left behind in the small spaces between your teeth. Experts at dentistry in London and throughout the UK recommend that you floss your teeth after every time you brush in order to remove any lingering pieces of food in order to protect your gum health.

Mouthwash

Much like flossing, using mouthwash after you brush your teeth takes less than a minute and helps to rid your mouth of any leftover bacteria. Using mouthwash is very important, especially for promoting gum health as the bacteria it gets rid of can corrode your gums and leave you prone to bleeding, tooth loss or infection. Rinsing with mouthwash after you brush is quick and easy and will fit in with even the most manic of morning routines.

Regular visits to a dentist

While a good oral hygiene routine at home will help to improve your oral health, it is vital that you ensure that you see a dentist on a regular basis to ensure that your mouth is in optimum condition. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash should help to keep on top of your oral hygiene but only a dentist is qualified to spot any early warning signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Regular visits to a dentist will ensure that any changes in your mouth, teeth or gums are picked up early and can be treated before any major problems occur such as decay or losing teeth. You should visit your dentist at least once every 6 months for check-ups to ensure any problems such as decay are spotted and treated early.

 

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