Top tips for great oral health

Two minutes twice a day
Brushing for two minutes last thing at night and at one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste is key to maintaining good oral health.

Daily brushing is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the bits of food left behind and causing tooth decay and gum disease.

Start interdental cleaning
Brushing may come before flossing in the dictionary, but it shouldn’t when it comes to our teeth. Research shows that interdental cleaning before brushing is the best way to clean our teeth effectively.

The action of cleaning in between our teeth, using interdental brushing, dental floss or water or air flossers, loosens bacteria and food debris from between our teeth. This allows brushing to be much more successful at removing plaque.

Studies show that those of us who interdentally clean before brushing are left with a much cleaner mouth than those who did it afterwards.

Using interdental brushes or flossing is a key part of any good oral health routine.

Spit, don’t rinse
After we have brushed our teeth, we should spit out the toothpaste. At this point we might be tempted to rinse our mouth out, but if we do, we’ll be washing away the fluoride which continues to help protect the teeth.

Fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpaste. It greatly helps oral health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay.

Spitting out the excess paste and not rinsing ensures that the fluoride found in the majority of toothpastes will remain on the teeth and continue to be effective.

Try a fluoride mouthwash
You can provide a boost to your oral health by using a fluoride mouthwash as it helps to clear the mouth of debris. It can also help you stop plaque from building-up on our gums, in-between our teeth, and on the surface of our teeth in between brushing.

Mouthwash can help to freshen our breath by killing the bacteria associated with bad breath.

Use a fluoride mouthwash daily as a supplement to brushing twice daily, but not as a replacement.

Beware of snacking
What we eat can have a big influence on our oral health. Snacking every now and again may seem harmless but can actually do more damage than you think, particularly if you are having sugary foods and drinks.

Many of us are guilty of regularly skipping meals and eating sugary snacks instead.

It’s far better for our teeth and general health if we eat three meals a day instead of having snacks to get through the day. Try and maintain a healthy balanced diet and for our teeth it’s important to avoid sugar when we can.

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