Good daily dental care means taking care of your teeth and getting in to the right habits. There’s a little bit more to keeping care of your teeth, gums and mouth than just brushing twice a day. Here are some tips to bear in mind.
Floss before you brush
Flossing before brushing will loosen debris, and prepare your teeth for brushing. It also means that you don’t remove any fluoride delivered by your toothpaste after brushing.
Brush your teeth as soon as you’re out of bed
This removes bacteria which gathers in your mouth as you sleep. A quick rinse with mouthwash or water will suffice after breakfast.
Don’t rinse your mouth immediately after brushing
Doing this will rinse out the fluoride in your toothpaste. It’s best to spit out toothpaste thoroughly after brushing and simply drink lots of water throughout the day.
Wait 30-40 minutes after eating before brushing
In this time, natural saliva will build up and normalise the PH conditions of your mouth. Brushing too soon after eating means that you run the risk of spreading the acids from the food over the teeth.
Use a medium-strength toothbrush at most
Harder toothbrushes may feel more vigorous, but they can damage your teeth and gums. General good dental health should mean that you don’t have to scrub your teeth to within an inch of their life!
Snack on the right stuff
Snacking throughout the day is no bad thing as long as you eat the right things. Check out our guide of Vitamins and Minerals for Good Dental Health – and How to get Them.
Floss and Brush the Right Way
It’s good to remind yourself of the clinically-approved ways of brushing and flossing to make sure your habits haven’t slipped.