As dentists, we spend a great amount of time discussing oral hygiene with our patients to ensure we are working together to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
I often find that while my patients are extremely motivated to keep their teeth as clean as possible, they can at times need a bit of help to direct that enthusiasm and improve their technique.
Here are 5 top tips for improving your dental hygiene to keep your mouth as healthy as possible:
- Toothbrushing- It goes without saying but brushing is the single most important step in the cleaning process. Make sure you are brushing twice a day, in the morning and at night, for 2 minutes at a time- and ensure you are brushing every surface of every tooth so that there are no areas being missed!
- Toothpaste- Brushing is excellent but it is made even more effective by using the correct toothpaste. Make sure as an adult you are using toothpaste with a concentration of 1450ppm Fluoride (it will tell you this on the box!)
- Interdental cleaning – Interdental brushes are the best way to clean between your teeth. For patients with tight gaps there is always flossing. Flossing has been a subject of much debate recently. At Millersneuk, our advice would always be that flossing is worthwhile to prevent decay between your teeth and keep your gums healthy, just look at the plaque on the floss when you remove it! Try to floss as often as possible for best results.
- Mouthwash- This is something which is really poorly marketed by the mouthwash companies. Mouthwash should NEVER be used at the same time as brushing unless instructed to do so by your dentist. Feel free to use an alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash throughout the day or after meals to freshen your breath but just not straight after brushing, as this dilutes the fluoride from your toothpaste.
- The Process- When it comes to your oral hygiene routine, how you bring it all together is really important to gain the maximum benefit. I would advised brushing first with toothpaste, but don’t put the brush under the tap to wet it, brush for 2 minutes, then spit out the excess into the sink, but DON’T rinse out with water or mouthwash etc. This is to allow the fluoride form the toothpaste to sit on your teeth which helps to strengthen them and to prevent decay.
If you have any questions about your oral hygiene please feel free to book an appointment where we can discuss this with you.
Jonathan is a Dentist at Millersneuk Dental Practice in Lenzie. He has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and works together with patients to achieve the results they want. Jonathan has proved popular among his patients since joining the practice, please read some of his reviews on Facebook and on the practice website to find out more.
To book an appointment with Jonathan, please phone 0141 777 7511