Over the course of a normal day, our teeth are covered by bits of food and drink. As we go through the day, if we leave food debris in our mouth, it begins to have an effect on our oral hygiene. Food begins to break down thanks to bacteria, which can lead to bad breath. On top of this, the bacteria which break down food can damage the enamel which covers our teeth, by forming plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance which can form a film over the teeth, discolouring them and eventually leading to tooth and gum damage if left untreated. Even more serious problems such as abscesses can occur. For these aesthetic and health reasons, it’s important to clean our teeth thoroughly every day.
Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day, for around two minutes each time. Use the correct toothbrush for your needs; for example, those with particularly soft enamel might benefit from a soft-headed toothbrush, whereas people whose arm or wrist movements are slightly more restricted, for example arthritis sufferers, will find it easier to use an electric toothbrush. Ensure that a toothpaste containing fluoride is used, as this chemical can help protect and strengthen tooth enamel. Brush using circular motions on the teeth, and ensure that all teeth, including teeth near the back of the mouth, are brushed. To help maintain good hygiene between the teeth as well as on the surfaces, it’s a good idea to use a small interdental brush or dental floss as well as a toothbrush to make sure that all food debris is removed. In addition, using an antiseptic mouthwash can be useful to help clean all parts of the mouth, including places that simply can’t be reached with the toothbrush. Speak to us at Harley Street Dental Studio in London for more advice on correct techniques for oral cleaning.
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