A good daily oral hygiene regime will go a long way to keeping your teeth and gums free from oral disease. We are on hand to offer advice about daily cleaning and we will also be happy to discuss oral hygiene products, healthy eating and giving up smoking with patients. We really believe that prevention is better than cure and we do everything we can to make sure our patients have the knowledge and information to practise good oral hygiene at home and ensure they are free from pain and discomfort caused by decay and gum disease.
A good daily oral hygiene regime
We strongly recommend following a set daily oral hygiene regime, which includes brushing and flossing. We advise patients to brush twice a day, every day, using fluoride toothpaste and a brush with soft to medium bristles and a small head. Electric toothbrushes have been proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual brushes, but you should be able to achieve a good clean regardless of the brush you use. It’s advisable to brush for between 2 and 3 minutes each time and to ensure you cover all the teeth and reach right into the corners. Angle your brush head to clean along the gum line and don’t brush too hard, as this can damage the enamel.
Flossing is really important because it takes over from where you leave off when you brush your teeth and it removes bacteria and food debris from the gaps between the teeth. It’s essential to remove bacteria and bits of leftover food from the mouth because it prevents the formation of plaque. Plaque is a sticky film made from bacteria, food products and saliva. Plaque is the main cause of decay and gum disease, so it’s of paramount importance to keep on top of oral hygiene. When you floss, gently pass the tape through the gaps between your teeth and along the gum line. Avoid pulling on the floss, as this will make your gums sore.
If you have any questions about brushing or you need help with flossing, don’t hesitate to contact us!