Good dental hygiene is key to maintaining a healthy mouth. A lack of a good oral hygiene routine can result in tooth decay and gum disease.
But the good news is that many teeth-related issues can be prevented by following these top 6 dental hygiene tips.
1. Brush twice a day.
This one may sound obvious, but brushing twice a day is the best way to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
- Don’t brush too harshly, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing too vigorously can cause sensitive teeth and gum line erosion.
- Brush in small, circular motions. Take care to clean the top and sides of every tooth gently.
2. Floss once a day
Flossing tends to be easily overlooked, but it really is just as important as brushing. If you find floss hard to use, try dental tape or interdental brushes.
3. Use fluoride toothpaste
Flouride is the active ingredient in toothpaste that prevents tooth decay. It’s best to use a toothpaste containing 1,350 to 1,500 parts per million. You can find the fluoride content information on your toothpaste packaging
Avoid drinking water or using mouthwash after using fluoride toothpaste as it can wash away the fluoride.
4. Limit sugary foods and drinks
Sugar causes cavities, the first sign of tooth decay. An obvious choice to cut down on would be sweets and desserts. But think about other food choices such as vegetables and dairy products with no added sugar.
5. Book a hygienist appointment
Consider visiting a dental hygienist in between your dental checkups. A hygienist will remove any hardened buildup of tartar and advise you on how to stop plaque from returning, particularly with crowded teeth.
6. Visit your dentist regularly
To maintain good dental hygiene, experts recommend visiting your dentist every 6 months.
Visit a dental hygienist at Boston House
If you’re looking for dental hygiene advice, book an appointment with the team at Boston House — your oral health is our priority. You can also read up on 5 things you must know before you visit your dental hygienist.