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    7 Tips to Maintain your Oral Hygiene


    Written by Alex Mungo

    Maintaining an oral hygiene routine often feels like an uphill struggle. We are all busy with too much to do. Whilst lapses happen they should be avoided and here we take a look at 7 of the most common dental health problems and how we can avoid them. 

    These 7 tips will help you maintain your oral hygiene:

    Maintaining an oral hygiene routine often feels like an uphill struggle. We are all busy with too much to do. Whilst lapses happen they should be avoided and here we take a look at 7 of the most common dental health problems and how we can avoid them.

    1. Brushing Twice a Day

    This may be an obvious choice but nearly a quarter of British adults don’t manage to brush twice a day on a regular basis. Regular brushing is essential to stop the build-up of plaque and to ensure that tartar doesn’t form on the teeth. Missing even a single brushing session can start the process of cavities forming. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes to keep plaque off your teeth.

    2. Poor Brushing Technique

    How you brush your teeth is just as important as brushing them twice a day for two minutes. People with regular brushing techniques often are missing important areas of their teeth and gum line. Ensure that you clean every tooth area individually and change where you start brushing from each day to ensure that you don’t miss any areas. If you skim areas you can leave plaque to build up on your teeth – leading to gingivitis and potentially cavities.

    3. Not Picking the Right Toothbrush

    Picking the right toothbrush for your mouth is essential. Toothbrushes have soft or hard bristles with different thicknesses. Generally speaking soft bristles and a small head make brushing gentler on your gums, whilst allowing you to reach every area of your mouth.

    4. Not Replacing your Toothbrush

    Many of us use toothbrushes long past their best – allowing the bristles to bend outwards and reducing a toothbrushes effectiveness. As soon as you bristles start to bend outwards and fall out it’s time to get a new toothbrush. Ideally keep a few spares in the bathroom cupboards and replace one every time you have to throw one away. Failing to do so makes it easier for you to miss cleaning areas of your mouth.

    5. Not Flossing

    Even with a great brushing routine you cannot reach under your gum line and between your teeth. Flossing helps protect your gum line and is one of the best preventative actions against gingivitis and gum diseases. Daily flossing is essential to remove plaque and bacteria.

    6. Consuming Sugar

    The leading cause of tooth decay in adults is the over indulgence of sugar. Sugar has, sadly, creeped into thousands of products as it improves the taste. This is an evolutionary side-effect as sugar was a rare food in diets, hence the positive taste. The biggest culprits here are fizzy drinks and sweets. We often consume more than our recommended daily allowance of sugars. Monitoring your sugar intake and cutting back is good for your mouth and your overall health.

    7. Not seeing a dentist

    Visiting a dentist twice a year is essential to keeping on top of your oral hygiene and making sure that problems don’t arise. If potential problems are identified early they can be much more easily treated. When you visit the dentist check that your brushing technique is correct and seek out any advice you may require about your oral health.  If you need to find a local dentist use dental review sites like WhatClinic to find the best local options.

     

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