Good oral hygiene between visits to the dentist is vital in maintaining a healthy mouth for life.
It is advisable to brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and the toothpaste of your choice twice a day, and particularly important to do this last thing before going to bed.
Flossing is a very important part of daily oral hygiene as it cleans between teeth and around the gumline where toothbrushes cannot reach. There are many different options for flossing, including thin filament, tape and ribbon styles, as well as flossing ‘sticks’ which some people may find easier to use. Ideally the floss should move smoothly between your teeth without tearing or shredding.
It is best to avoid using toothpicks or other sharp implements to remove food particles from your teeth, as these can cause injury to the soft tissues in your mouth.
Consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks can damage the enamel on your teeth and, once removed, that enamel is not easily replaced. If you consume acidic foods or drinks (fruit and fruit juices, soft drinks both sweetened with sugar and artificial sweeteners, vinegary foods, etc.) it is helpful to ‘chase’ this with some water to rinse away the sugar and acid. The best choice of drink is always water, particularly for children whose teeth are forming.
Think of regular visits to your dentist like your scheduled car servicing – if you invest a little in regular maintenance it lessens the odds of a dramatic and perhaps costly problem occurring.