Articles Oral Hygiene Advice For Patients in London
When it comes to dentistry, prevention is better than cure and, when it comes to prevention, education is paramount! Here are some effective tips for looking after those precious gnashers.
The essential mantra
If you only remember one thing from this article, make it this: Brush for two minutes, twice a day. Flossing is also incredibly important and should also be done twice a day. Flossing helps reach areas between teeth which brushes can’t and will prevent the build up of plaque in these areas.
When to brush
It’s not just the frequency with which you brush that is important, but also when you do it. It is best to wait an hour after eating before brushing your teeth. The acid in various foods and drinks can soften tooth enamel which, in turn, can mean that if you brush immediately after consuming these foods and drinks, that you are wearing away your own tooth enamel!
Don’t go snacking on sugary or starchy foods!
Whether you like it or not, your mouth is most likely a home for bacteria. Bacteria which thrive on sugar and starch and would love nothing more than to convert these snacks into plaque which will attack your teeth! Simple: Every time you eat these types of foods, your mouth is under attack for an hour. Limiting when you eat these food types will limit the times that your mouth is under attack.
Sugar-free chewing gum
Sugar-free chewing gum helps stimulate saliva flow which will help wash away food particles and can even neutralise the acid from certain foods. If you are having troubles cutting down on those sugary snacks, sugar-free chewing gum can help lessen the damage.
Clean that tongue!
This may sound strange, but a bizarrely large amount of bacteria can congregate on the back of the tongue. You can purchase special tongue scrapers which can aid in your tongue cleaning.
Visit the experts
We’re here for a reason! Regular dental check-ups are a great way to make sure you are doing everything right. Why not book a check up today at Harley Street Dental Studio in London today?
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